Palestine police arrest two for counterfeiting, ID fraud, possession of meth
PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - Palestine police have arrested two people who they say are involved in counterfeiting money in East Texas.
The two arrested are Robbie Dudley, 33, and Jennifer Bailey, 30. On Thursday, January 23, at 11:00 p.m., Officers January and Nicholson were conducting surveillance on a home in the area of East Lacy and North Fowler Street, when they noticed a traffic violation committed by the driver of a red Chevrolet Cavalier that was leaving the residence.
Officer January pulled the car over, and noticed the driver, Robbie Dudley, was a habitual violator of driving without a license/driving with a suspended license. He was placed under arrest.
The officers searched the car; when searching Bailey's possessions in the car, after she gave consent, officers say they found and seized numerous items related to forgery of government instrument/money/securities (counterfeiting) as well as evidence of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, including what appeared to be fraudulently obtained credit cards and other id information.
Based on information passed on to other officers,Cpl. Matt Kerr and Patrolman Ricki Baker assisted in the investigation, and usingthe aid of Region II TDC K-9, conducted a more thorough search of the vehiclewhile it was in impound, uncovering additional evidence of counterfeiting,including approximately 150 bills, as well as a small amount ofmethamphetamine.
"This investigation, it appears, will clear ata minimum of between 10-12 active cases that the Department is workingregarding the disbursement of counterfeit bills in our area. All of the Officersinvolved did an outstanding job, and we are certainly proud of theirachievement said, Lt. Jeffrey Powell, Patrol Commander for the department.
The Palestine Police Department contacted TheU.S. Secret Service on Friday, who will be looking at taking over the case.
The Fraudulent Use or Possession case will beassigned to Det. Heavner for follow-up.
Under Texas State Law, both the Forgery Caseand Fraud Use/Poss Identifying Info are both classified as 3rdDegree Felonies, punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and/or 2-10 years in TDC.
If you haveadditional information regarding this or any other crime, the Palestine PoliceDepartment would encourage you to provide information calling the CriminalInvestigation Division at (903)731-8484, or by texting your tip, anonymously,to the Palestine PD, by texting "PALPD + your tip information" to 847411.
You may additionally log onto www.cityofpalestinetx.com andclick the link for TIP411.
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