UPDATE OCT 26th – Suspects Arrested ……..
A group of suspects have been arrested for passing over $400,000 in counterfeit cashier’s checks to coin dealers. Victims from California to Florida have come forward.
The following suspects are in custody and being held on $750,000 bond.
|Danny Rashee O’Connor||Debra Eudy||Jessica Lesley|
The suspects had flown into O’Hare airport from the Portland Oregon area and attempted to pass a check at a Libertyville, IL coin dealer. The dealer who saw a crime alert from the Numismatic Crime Information earlier in the day recognized one of the female suspects as she entered his business. Police were called and Debra Eudy was taken into custody. Detectives arrested the other two suspects at a hotel in Rosemont,IL. During the arrests blank checks, printers and 11 cell phones were seized. A fourth suspect who has not been identified is in custody in Oregon.
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UPDATE 10-17-15A Libertyville, Illinois coin dealer is responsible for the arrest of Maria Villareal who along with an accomplice has been responsible for passing counterfeit checks to coin dealers throughout the Northwest United States. The dealer who received the Numismatic Crime Informations bulletin earlier in the day recognized the suspect as she entered his business and immediately called 911.Detectives are currently trying to determine the true identity of Villareal who is being charged with several felonies.NCIC is working closely with Libertyville Detectives to identify additional victims.
Several dealers in the State of Washington have been victims of counterfeit cashiers checks issued on the Providence Federal Credit Union out of Seattle Washington. The loss to date is approximately $300,000.
The suspects are a male and female. The female is using a fake California driver’s license in the name of Maria G. Villareal DL #B8645567. The address on the DL shows 1416 N. Edison Blvd Apt C Burbank, CA. The only information on the drivers license that is valid is the females photo. The only information on the male suspect is that he is going by the name of Jeff.
The suspects are purchasing one ounce gold coins and may come in as a couple or separately. They are very convincing and the phone number on the cashier’s check appears to be valid when calling for verification but it is bogus!! A male subject identified as Nathan a supposedly employee of Providence Federal verifies the check however he is part of the scam.
Dealers in the Portland area should call 911 if they are approached by the suspects.
These suspects are traveling and may have connections in Las Vegas. No suspect vehicle has been identified
Anyone with information please contact:
corporation. P.O. Box 14080 Arlington, Texas 76094.