Tryon police arrest two residents on charges of making counterfeit money

Published 6:03 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Tryon Police Department arrested two Tryon residents recently on charges related to making counterfeit money.
Aimee S. Johnson, 41, was arrested and charged with forgery of an instrument and possession of more than five counterfeit instruments, according to Tryon police reports.
Travis Faulkner, 28, was arrested and charged with forgery of an instrument, possession of less than five counterfeit instruments and obtaining property by false pretenses, according to police reports.
Tryon Police Chief Jeff Arrowood said on Aug. 31 Jon & Jay’s Discount Grocery reported receiving possibly counterfeit money to the Tryon Police Department.
Tryon officers developed leads from the store clerk and conducted a search warrant at the home of Johnson and Faulker.
Arrowood said officers seized an undetermined amount of counterfeit money and other contraband associated with manufacturing counterfeit money.
Arrowood said the amount of counterfeit money was significant, with different bills in various stages of production.
The police department asks that local store clerks check money received recently and report anything suspicious to the police department. The Tryon Police Department can be reached at 828-859-9195.
Arrowood also said additional charges could be made as the investigation continues.
Johnson and Faulkner were released from jail on secured bonds.

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