- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Northern California officials say deputies helped break up a counterfeit money scheme run out of Cupertino after fake $20 bills surfaced in Virginia.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (https://bayareane.ws/1Np6T4z) Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the alleged mastermind of the one-man operation, Eric Aspden, Tuesday at his Cupertino apartment, where they found a store-bought printer and paper cutters.

Officials say Fairfax County, Virginia authorities were alerted to fake $20 bills circulating in that region more than a year ago. They launched an investigation that led them to the mailing supplies used to deliver the counterfeit cash.

Fairfax police determined the 43-year-old former pharmacist purchased the supplies. About two weeks ago, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office joined the investigation.

Fairfax County authorities have charged Aspden with five felony counts of passing counterfeit bank notes. Santa Clara County prosecutors are still determining local charges.


Information from: The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com

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