Five people, including one from Colusa, one from Yuba City, and three from the Sacramento area, were arrested on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at the Motel 6 in Williams for felony counterfeiting and criminal conspiracy charges.
The Williams Police Department and Colusa County Sheriff’s Department were serving a misdemeanor arrest warrant on Fidel Chavez, 22, of Colusa, who was located in room 209 of the motel. During Chavez’s arrest, the officers serving the warrant discovered evidence of a small counterfeiting operation and other people in the room.
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Upon discovering the counterfeiting operation, officers secured the room and sought assistance from members of the Colusa County Narcotics Enforcement Team (COCONET) and the Colusa County District Attorney’s office in obtaining search warrants, which subsequently led to the arrests of William Charles Govan 29, and Allen Carruth, 39, both of Sacramento, Janice Bongolan Macasio, 37, of Antelope, and Cassandra Marie Jeffords 31, of Yuba City who, according to the Sheriff’s office, is known to frequent Colusa County.
At least 50 “washed” one dollar bills and 50 printed one-hundred dollar bills were seized under the search warrant.
Washing is a process by which the ink is removed from a lower denomination bill. Counterfeiters are then able print a higher denomination on the paper.
Along with the washed and printed bills, three laptop computers, two computer printers, one computer scanner, chemicals and supplies used for washing the bills, and several items of drug paraphernalia were found in the search.
Carruth, Macasio, Jeffords, Govan and Chavez were each booked on felony charges of possessing forged notes, making/passing fictitious notes, and criminal conspiracy.
Chavez was additionally booked on the misdemeanor arrest warrant related to a failure to appear in court on exhibiting a weapon and a battery charge. Govan was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a small amount of suspected methamphetamine.
At the time of this press release all but Carruth and Jeffords remain in custody. Carruth was released on $10,000 bail early on Friday morning while Jeffords was released on her own recognizance due to medical and housing issues. Macasio posted bail later in the day on Friday, Govan posted bail on Saturday, and Chavez remains in custody, according to Colusa County Jail records.
The matter is still under investigation at this time, a press release from the Colusa County Jail said. ■