Counterfeit bills in circulation

Freedom New Mexico Portales and Clovis have both seen counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in the past week, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. One Portales business on South Chicago called police last week after receiving a fake $50 bill, Berry said. Others refused to accept suspicious bills and then called police to ask if […]

Oct. 29 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About noon Oct. 20 an officer responded to a business in the 600 block of Rencher Street for a fraud report. A clerk said a man gave her a counterfeit $50 bill as part of a payment to bond his wife out […]

Residents warned of counterfeit money circulating

CNJ staff The Clovis Police Department has seen an influx in counterfeit bills in the area over the past two weeks, according to Detective Sonny Smith. Smith said the bills are $50 and $100 bills. He said the counterfeiters are purchasing small amounts of goods and receiving legitimate cash back. One warrant has been issued […]

Experts: ‘Funny money’ easy to spot

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Police Detective Sonny Smith holds a fake bill up to the light to look for its watermark. Real bills have a ghostlike image of the center portrait that appears in the right-hand segment, he said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It appears normal on first inspection but gets […]

One man arrested in connection with robbery

CNJ staff Clovis police reported two robberies and two reports of counterfeit money being passed at businesses over the weekend. One man was arrested. No injuries were reported in connection with the incidents. According to news releases from Clovis police: About 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, officers were dispatched to the Allsups at 700 S. Prince […]

Clovis man sentenced to six years in prison

By The Associated Press CLOVIS — A Clovis man accused of printing and passing thousands of dollars in U.S. currency has been sentenced to six years in prison. Terry Maes, 25, pleaded guilty to seven counts of forgery and was sentenced Wednesday by state District Judge Teddy Hartley, District Attorney Matthew Chandler said. Evidence showed […]

Police: Funny money resurfacing

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Clovis Detective Matthew Solari points out differences in a counterfeit $20 Wednesday at the Clovis Police Department. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Counterfeit currency is back in circulation. Clovis police arrested six people in December in connection with what they said was a counterfeiting ring. Now more fake […]

Police Blotter 3/5

A mobile home park manager called police at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 27 regarding criminal damage to the office window. Police observed a hole consistent with a BB that shattered the tempered glass window without passing through the window pane, causing an estimated $350 damage. • • • Police responded to a stolen vehicle report about […]

Six arrested in counterfiet ring

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police say they have arrested six people so far while investigating area counterfeiting incidents, including a man they believe is responsible for producing the phony currency. Terry Maes, 30, of Clovis has confessed to manufacturing at least $2,500 in counterfeit money, Detective Matthew Solari said. “Basically through his confession he […]

Funny money lands four in jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina Four people were in police custody Wednesday night after authorities began investigating the sudden appearance of bogus money. Clovis police discovered the apparent counterfeiting ring Friday when an Allsup’s clerk noticed that six bills presented to him by a woman trying to buy $350 in money orders did not appear to […]