Fayette County authorities have arrested one person after discovering a counterfeit money-making operation.
Counterfeit money has been discovered in several communities in Fayette County, with the bills including $50, $20, $10 and $5 bills all having matching serial numbers on them.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at 1009 State Street in Clermont in connection with the investigation. That’s where they discovered a counterfeit money lab – including several computers, printers, scanners and special paper, as well as thousands of dollars of counterfeit money, pre-paid credit cards and documentation of ongoing criminal activity. Controlled substance and drug paraphernalia were also seized.
Authorities have charged 33-year old Jason Massman of Clermont for Ongoing Criminal Conduct, Falsifying Public Documents, Forgery, Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Massman is in custody at the Fayette County Jail.
Sheriff Marty Fisher says multiple counties in northeast Iowa could be affected by this case of counterfeit money. He is asking the public to check any $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5 bills for one of six possible fake serial numbers. You can find the serial numbers posted below:
This is an ongoing investigation and more charges and arrests are possible.
photos courtesy of Fayette County Sheriff’s Office