Two people arrested in connection with passing conterfeit $100 bills
The passing of counterfeit $100 bills at South Shore Inn on Pioneer Trail Monday morning led to the arrest of two people.
Ronald Bruce Maskovich, 45, of Sacramento, rented two rooms at 4 a.m. and allegedly paid for them with fake bills. The motel clerk then called police. Computer equipment including a scanner and a monitor were found in Maskovich’s rented room, police said.
Investigators said they found a number of “not high quality” counterfeit bills in Maskovich’s wallet and other items that indicated counterfeiting was being done.
Carol Elizabeth Hanson, 21, also from Sacramento, was found in the room with Maskovich and arrested for counterfeiting, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The bail of Hanson and Maskovich was set at $250,000 each.
“This is the second case we’ve done in the last two months that are similar where a computer scanner was utilized to complete the crime,” said South Lake Police Detective Mike Dente. “These scanners and printers are being utilized for this type of crime more and more.”
Ty Elliot, a 28-year-old from Folsom, Calif., was arrested for producing counterfeit bills at South Shore in May, Dente said.
El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe said Maskovich was believed to be in the area gambling and may have passed fake bills at other businesses in South Lake Tahoe. Uthe said the matter is still being investigated and more charges may be forthcoming.
Monday around 11:30 a.m., in addition to counterfeiting materials, police allegedly found a forged military identification on the 45-year-old. If convicted of the two felonies he is charged with, Maskovich could be sentenced to a maximum of three years and eight months in prison. Hanson is charged with one felony count related to counterfeiting which means, if convicted, she could be sentenced up to three years in prison.
The Secret Service is notified of all counterfeiting cases. They investigate some cases themselves and others are left to local authorities.
“Basically the South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded to the case and resolved it and there would be nothing to be gained by us getting involved,” said Secret Service agent Marc Tinsley, who covers the Reno and Tahoe areas.
The $100 bills reportedly found in Maskovich’s possession were older bills, ones that did not bear the new redesign. The newer bills have even more security features than older denominations, such as microprinting.
Tinsley said the older currency still should have an embedded polyester stripe with the letters USA and the denomination of the note printed on it.
“You can also look for red or blue polyester threads woven into the paper – that’s common for all currency,” he said.
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