Four arrested in counterfeit, fraud scheme in Oro Valley - Tucson News Now

Four arrested in counterfeit, fraud scheme in Oro Valley

Billy Hamilton  (Source: Oro Valley Police Department) Billy Hamilton (Source: Oro Valley Police Department)
Akeem Johnson  (Source: Oro Valley Police Department) Akeem Johnson (Source: Oro Valley Police Department)
Ronnie Ringo  (Source: Oro Valley Police Department) Ronnie Ringo (Source: Oro Valley Police Department)
Michael Hamilton (Source: Oro Valley Police Department) Michael Hamilton (Source: Oro Valley Police Department)
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Oro Valley Police have arrested four suspects on charges of forgery and fraud after they used counterfeit money to purchase electronic equipment at a Target in Oro Valley.

On June 6, three men went into a Target store in the 11000 block of North Oracle and allegedly used counterfeit $20s to purchase $600 worth of merchandise, said officials with the Oro Valley Police Department.  OVPD were called in to investigate the fraudulent purchase, as employees of the store called other Target stores to warn them about the suspects.  According to OVPD the same three suspects were later seen at a Marana Target trying to exchange the merchandise purchased in Oro Valley for cash. 

The OVPD Community Action Team (CAT) made contact with the three as they left the store, said OVPD.  An investigation was opened and the suspects revealed they were passing through the area and were staying at a hotel; OVPD obtained a search warrant and searched the hotel room.  According to OVPD items used to make the counterfeit bills were found inside the room and a fourth suspect was taken into custody. 

The U.S. Secret Service was called in to assist with the investigation, said OVPD.

The four suspects are in custody at the Pima county Adult Detention Center.  Three of the suspects - Billy Hamilton, Akeem Johnson and Ronnie Ringo face nine counts of forgery, fraud schemes and organized retail theft; while a fourth suspect - Michael Hamilton faces 14 counts of forgery and fraud schemes. 

The investigation is ongoing, according to OVPD officials and anyone with information about the case is asked to call 88-CRIME, 911 or (520) 229-4900.

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