Local merchant complaint leads to counterfeit currency arrest

JPEG image-A07093810941-1On June 17, 2016 at approximately 4 PM, a Williams Police Officer was dispatched to the 500 block of E Street after a local merchant reported that a male subject had attempted to pass counterfeit currency. Officers responded to the area, and learned that the subject had left the area in a vehicle. During a search of the immediate area, Officers located a subject and vehicle that matched the description provided by the local merchant.

Officers conducted an investigative stop of the vehicle near the intersection of E Street and 6th Streets, and contacted the driver of the vehicle, who was identified as 38 year-old Sacramento resident Alisia Rose Vega. Officers also contacted the vehicle’s passenger, 32 year-old Sacramento resident Chad Clayton Sherman.

In the course of their investigation, it was learned that Sherman and Vega were both on felony probation out of Sacramento County for fraud and theft related charges. Officers detained Sherman and Vega for further investigation, and conducted search of the vehicle.

Officers also determined that Sherman had an outstanding felony warrant of arrest, also from Sacramento County. Officers located a total of $5400.00 in counterfeit bills, property fraudulently obtained using counterfeit bills, evidence of counterfeit bill production, as well as items used to produce counterfeit bills.

Additionally, officers found receipts where purchases appeared to have been made with counterfeit bills. The receipts were from stores across the north valley, extending from Modesto, CA and the San Francisco Bay Area. Officers were able to identify property obtained using counterfeit currency, and further identify the local merchant, who was still in possession of the passed counterfeit bills.

Officers also found what was suspected to be methamphetamine and a controlled substance paraphernalia. Sherman was arrested for the outstanding felony arrest warrant, and for allegedly making, possessing and passing counterfeit bills, possession of an apparatus for use in counterfeiting, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, petty theft, shoplifting, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance.

Sherman was booked into the Colusa County Jail without incident. Vega was arrested for allegedly possessing and passing counterfeit bills, possession of an apparatus for use in counterfeiting, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, petty theft, shoplifting, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance. Vega was booked into the Colusa County Jail without incident.

The investigation is ongoing, and officers are in the process of collaborating with surrounding law enforcement agencies to identify additional potential victims and crimes related to this incident.

“It’s a very dynamic investigation. We’re trying to figure out how to collaborate with so many other different agencies. The ripple effect of this arrest is going to be across this entire valley,” Chief John Osbourn said. “This is a substantial case — it’s a good case. As usual, the Williams Police Department team came together and did a fantastic job.”

The public is respectfully being asked to contact the police department should they have any information regarding counterfeit currency passed over the weekend.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net