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Arrests Made, Items Recovered In Palestine Counterfeit Ring

PALESTINE, January 27, 2014— On January 23, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Officers January and Nicholson were conducting surveillance on a residence in the area of E. Lacy and N. Fowler St., when a traffic violation was observed by Officer Nicholson on a Red Chevrolet Cavalier leaving the residence. 

Officer January conducted a stop on the vehicle, contacting the male driver, identified as Robbie Dudley, 33 years of age, and a female passenger, later identified as Jennifer Bailey, 30 years of age.  After determining that Dudley was a habitual violator of Driving without a License/Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, he was placed under arrest.

A subsequent search of the items belonging to Bailey within the vehicle, after consent was given, resulted in the discovery and seizure of numerous items related to Forgery of Government Instrument/Money/Securities (Counterfeiting) as well as evidence related to Fraudulent Use of Possession of Identifying Information, including what appeared to be fraudulently obtained Credit Cards and other identifying information. 

Based on information passed on to other Officers, Cpl. Matt Kerr and Patrolman Ricki Baker assisted in the investigation, using the aid of Region II TDC K-9, they conducted a more thorough search of the vehicle while it was in impound, uncovering additional evidence of counterfeiting, including approximately 150 bills, as well as a small amount of methamphetamine.

“This investigation, it appears, will clear at a minimum of between 10 – 12 active cases that the Department is working regarding the disbursement of counterfeit bills in our area.  All of the Officers involved did an outstanding job, and we are certainly proud of their achievement,” said Lt. Jeffrey Powell, Patrol Commander for the Department.

The Palestine Police Department contacted the U. S. Secret Service on Friday, who will be looking at taking over the case.

The Fraudulent Use or Possession case will be assigned to Detective James Heavner for follow-up. 

Under Texas State Law, both the Forgery Case and the Fraud Use/Poss Identifying Info are both classified as 3rd Degree Felonies, punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and/or 2-10 years in TDC.

If you have additional information regarding this or any other crime, the Palestine Police Department would encourage you to provide information by calling the Criminal Investigation Division at 903-731-8484, or texting your tip, anonymously, to the Palestine PD, by texting ”PALPD + your tip information” to 847411.  You may additional log onto: www:cityofpalestinetx.com and click the link for TIP411.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Lt. Powell about the case. Click below for more information.

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