By Darrell Todd Maurina
The Clovis Police Department has released the names of six people charged in an ongoing counterfeiting investigation. A seventh who shared a home with a counterfeiting suspect has been charged with narcotics violations discovered while executing a search warrant on their home.
Police Chief Bill Carey said his department released the names after an investigation into statements that some defendants feared for their lives.
“One or two of them, I’m not sure how many of them, said they had been threatened by some of the other ones, and we had to check that out,” Carey said. “We determined that the threats were not valid.”
All but two of the defendants have bonded out of the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Terry Maes, 30, and Michael England, 24, both of Clovis, remain in jail on high bonds.
England was arrested on 65 counts of forgery and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and Maes faces 69 counts of forgery, police said. Jail officials said England is being held in lieu of a $500,000 cash-only bond and Maes in lieu of a $100,000 cash or surety bond and a $10,000 cash-only bond.
Police said the other counterfeiting defendants and the charges against them are:
n Charmaine Dawson, 18, of Clovis, six counts of forgery.
n Leeann Clark, 35, of Clovis, two counts of forgery and accessory to commit forgery.
n Tomasina Rose, 31, of Texico, two counts of forgery and accessory to commit forgery.
n Bernard Hernandez, 18, of Farwell, two counts of forgery.
Shannon Hamilton, 24, shared a home with Maes and was originally charged with six counts of possession of a forged document and related tampering charges. Those charges were later dropped when police said they could not substantiate the allegations. She still faces two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and several misdemeanor marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges, police said.
Her attorney, Randy Harris, said she will cooperate with police in their counterfeiting investigation.
Court records do not indicate that any of the other defendants have attorneys yet. Calls placed to most of their homes were not immediately returned or relatives said they did not know where the defendants were.
Police said they continue to receive reports of fraudulent currency and urge residents to turn in any suspicious money received.
“Right now I’m counting (counterfeit) money,” Detective Matthew Solari said Monday afternoon. “We’re probably up to about $2,900 now.”
Carey said Clovis residents still need to carefully examine currency.
“We know there is still some counterfeit money out there,” Carey said. “We need to make sure people know that, and people need to be particularly careful about $50, $100, and $20 bills.”
Tips for identifying counterfeit currency being passed in Clovis
> Yellow tint.
> Corner cuts on the four sides are not even.
> Printing has a blue tint.
> On the $10 bill, dark ring around Alexander Hamilton has a bluish tint.
> On the $20 bill, the bushes in front of the White House are lime-green.
> Paper feels like résumé paper with grooves.
> Serial numbers on bills may be identical.
—Source: Clovis police