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Three arrested for counterfeiting

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Three people were arrested in connection with counterfeit money. Gerard De Guzman Belga, Maria Valdes and Agnes Macario have been brought up on charges of forgery and criminal facilitation after Macario allegedly purchased $200 of drugs from an individual who then attempted to use the fake currency to pay a hotel bill.

According to court documents an investigation into the fake currency led Guam Police Department officers to De Guzman and Valdes' hotel room at Golden Motel, where allegedly the counterfeit operation was occurring. Court documents further stated that Valdes told officers De Guzman had produced a total of four fake $100 bills while Macario told police their plan was to use the money to purchase drugs from different drug dealers. Upon search of the couples hotel room police confiscated a printer, paper cutter and one counterfeit hundred dollar bill printed on Xerox paper.

As a result, Valdes and De Guzman have been charged with three counts of forgery while Macario faces three counts of criminal facilitation of forgery.

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