Long counterfeit investigation ends in three arrests

KWKT/McLennan County Jail
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 8:15pm

Thousands of dollars in counterfeit bills were used to buy high-dollar items via Craigslist during the past eight months.

After an extensive investigation, Waco Police believe they have arrested the people responsible.

In June, the Waco Police Department began looking into several cases involving counterfeit money.

Most of the time the fake cash were $100 bills.

The initial investigation revealed that the funny money was being used in Craigslist transactions to buy high-dollar items.

Sgt. Patrick Swanton of Waco PD has been following the case since the beginning.

“The transactions would typically involve iPads or laptop computers, or digital cameras- things that would normally run 300-400 dollars," said Swanton.

Waco PD increased efforts when the Secret Service and U.S Marshals Task Force became involved.

“At this point, we've ended up making three arrests," said Swanton.

Tony Glen Fisher, 29, Samantha Williams-Karcher, 27, and Dennis Glenn Bridger, 41, are all currently in the McLennan County Jail each facing a charge of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity – a 2nd degree felony.

Swanton said, “We believe those three are responsible for at least 24 separate cases where they’ve been passing out counterfeit bills.”

Swanton said at least one more arrest is imminent after the eight-month long investigation.

“Our detectives don’t give up. We’re not going to let them go away. We’re going to keep at it," said Swanton.

"We may not solve everything. We do our best to solve them all, but this is just one of those deals where it goes to show that we’ve got some pretty tenacious individuals that are detectives in this department."
 

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