- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - Police have arrested four people on suspicion of counterfeiting and passing fake bills in western Nebraska.

Crystal Hernandez, 25, and Andrew Nuss, 27, were arrested Thursday, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1Rsrh6u ) . Both have been charged with forgery and possession of a forgery device. Two other men have been arrested in the case but have not yet been formally charged. They appeared Friday in Scotts Bluff County Court on separate, unrelated charges.

Police said Nuss and another man used counterfeit $20 bills to buy merchandise a Scottsbluff store earlier this year. They later returned the items for cash, police said.

Police say they were able to identify Nuss’ vehicle and learned it was parked at a Morrill residence. Morrill Police obtained a search warrant, looking for counterfeit currency, printers, copiers and other items. They searched the home Thursday. Police say Hernandez was a resident of the home and was arrested after it was searched.

Hernandez and Nuss remained in the Scotts Bluff County jail on Saturday and could not be reached for comment. Attorneys for the pair did not immediately return phone messages Saturday seeking comment.

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Information from: Star-Herald, http://www.starherald.com

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