NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – A group of people have been arrested, believed to be responsible for using counterfeit $100 bills at various Newton Falls’ businesses.
Newton Falls Police Chief Gene Fixler said the suspects were arrested in Medina Township for passing the counterfeit bills there as well, and they are being held in Medina County Jail.
The suspects arrested are Brian Ramirez, 20; Jonathon Yepez, 22; Tracy Nuñez, 19; and Kristen Garcia, 20, who were all charged with forgery, according to Medina Police Sgt.Shari Mangel. Mangel said the Medina Police Department received an alert to be on the lookout for the suspects, and they were identified by pictures from security footage.
Mangel said the Ramirez, Yepez, Nunez and Garcia all have addresses listed in the state of New York.
Newton Falls police officers were called after a blond woman purchased several small items from various businesses last weekend and accepted cash back as her change, using the counterfeit $100 bills to make the purchases. Surveillance video from one of the stores captured footage of one such purchase and showed the woman wearing a hooded sweatshirt that read, “crime pays.”
The Newton Falls Police Department said it will work with the Secret Service and other departments to bring charges against the suspects.
Police encouraged businesses and individuals to scrutinize their cash, and if in doubt, said not to accept it or make change for anyone that is unknown.