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Couple arrested for passing counterfeit in Kailua-Kona 05-08-03

PHONE: 326-4213
MAY 8, 2003


Kona police arrested a man and a woman Tuesday (May 6, 2003) for passing a counterfeit $100 bill at a business establishment in Kailua-Kona.

Responding to a 6:53 p.m. call from a business establishment in the Lanihau Shopping Center, Kona Patrol officers stopped a rental vehicle identified by a store employee. The vehicle was occupied by a couple, including the female suspect who had given an employee a counterfeit $100 bill for merchandise and left without receiving all of her change. The officers stopped the car and, after receiving permission to search the vehicle, found three counterfeit $100 bills.

The officers then arrested the two occupants, who were identified as Paul White, 36, and Anita Moreton, 34, both of Birmingham, England.

Obtaining three search warrants, officers from Kona Patrol and Kona Criminal Investigation Section and an agent from the U.S. Secret Service searched the couple’s Alii Drive condominium, a security deposit box and the rental vehicle on Thursday morning (May 8, 2003). They found 22 more counterfeit $100 bills, more than $2,000 in U.S. currency, 585 British pounds and other evidence and goods believed to have been purchased with the counterfeit money.

Police believe that the couple passed the bogus currency at other business establishments that may not be aware that they received counterfeit money.

They are asking that anyone who may have received counterfeit U.S. currency to call Detective Zachary Houchin of the Kona CIS at 326-4232.

The suspects are currently being held in the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation by Kona CIS detectives and the Secret Service.

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