Sheriff's Office arrests two during counterfeit bust; additional tips sought

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, 2:52 p.m.

Seizedn counterfeit bills and arrested suspects

Seized counterfeit currencyOn Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies received information on a subject who had passed counterfeit $100 bills to the Clackamas Target Store.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Unit were called to assist deputies with the investigation.

The investigators were able to locate the suspect at Best Buy at Cascade Station, and detained two people in the vehicle -- Deborah Michelle Musselwhite, age 22, of Forest Grove, who had a warrant for her arrest in Multnomah County, and a male subject.

The suspect who had allegedly passed the counterfeit $100 bills -- Wesley James Romero, age 26, of Forest Grove -- was not with the vehicle at the time of the stop, but soon returned to the vehicle and was also detained.

A search was then conducted of Mr. Romero's car. Detectives located computers, printers and hard drives along with counterfeit currency.

Mr. Romero told investigators that he had passed the counterfeit money at the Clackamas Target Store and other stores in the Portland metro area.

Mr. Romero was then transported to the Clackamas County Jail on charges of Forgery in the First Degree.

Ms. Musselwhite was arrested on a Multnomah County Warrant for Theft in the Second Degree.

The male subject was released at the scene.

A total $39,585 of counterfeit United States currency was recovered during the investigation.

Photos of the two suspects and the seized currency are attached to this release.

ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT

Investigators believe that this suspect or his associates victimized additional businesses.

Anyone who recognizes Mr. Romero as being involved with such incidents or having other information that could assist in this investigation should contact Detective Bill Rowlands by email or by using our Tip Tine -- by calling 503-723-4949 or using our online email form.
 

PROTECT YOURSELF

Anyone who does cash business should be aware of the "Know Your Money" website; downloading this PDF will help teach you to observe cues to determine whether cash is real or counterfeit.

This investigation is ongoing.

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Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office