Police say Portland couple may end up with federal charges
A Portland, Oregon, man is likely to end in federal court after allegedly producing and distributing counterfeit money, according to police. The 29-year-old manager at the Department of Revenue was arraigned after police arrested him at his home in Keizer, Oregon. The man is facing charges for burglary, tampering with physical evidence, illegal possession of methamphetamine and forgery.
According to the police report, the defendant bought a firearm over the Internet and paid for the item using counterfeit bills. The seller contacted the law enforcement agency after realizing that all the money that he was paid contained the same serial number. Police traced the buyer and confirmed from the seller that he was the supplier of the bills.
It was reported that investigators sealed the man's house; however, somehow, according to local police, the defendant was able to break into it and attempted to obtain and destroy evidence. According to the Deputy District Attorney, the man is a flight risk. His bail was set at $250,000. Police suspect that the defendant was manufacturing the bills for most of 2013.
The accused man's wife was also arrested and was charged with possession of counterfeit bills and possession of methamphetamine. She was arrested but was later released.
The Department of Revenue and local police are conducting an investigation. The police are eager to learn about how far the forgery went. The agency, on the other hand, is trying to determine if the defendant used his position and the agency's resources in the scheme.
An officer stated that the couple is likely to face federal criminal charges. Although authorities use local laws to prosecute the defendants, in a case like this, it can be escalated to the federal level. Results of the ongoing investigation may dictate that possibility. Federal fraud charges carry serious penalties. If convicted, the defendant may be imprisoned and have to pay fines.