Traffic stop yields counterfeit money
Orange County Sheriff’s Officers patrolling Interstate 10 Wednesday morning stopped a 2010 gray Hyundai that was following too close to another vehicle, westbound near exit 872. Tailgaiting is a major factor in many interstate accidents.
According to Sgt. Chad Hogan of the sheriff’s office, all three occupants in the car were from Georgia. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Arthur Muhammad, 60, of Lithonia. Amirah Price, 29, a resident of Stone Mountain was identified as the front seat passenger. The rear seat passenger was identified as David Haynes,41, a resident of Decatur.
Deputies became suspicious of further criminal activity and requested and recieved consent to search the vehicle for evidence of a crime. During the search, deputies located thousands of dollars of highly altered, counterfeit United States Currency that was proven to be funding a multi-state operation of defrauding unsuspecting citizens of property.
Due to the skills required to chemically alter and counterfeit U.S. Currency, the Secret Service was contacted to assist in tracking and possibly adopting the seizure for federal prosecution.
Fifteen felony counts of possession of counterfeited instruments totaling thousands of dollars were initiated against the trio. All three suspects were arrested and transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility. Bonds have been set at $50,000 for each of the three suspects.