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Covering Medina County: $12K in fake cash found, six arrested

Counterfeit monopoly overturned (Photo courtesy Medina County Sheriff's Office)

SAN ANTONIO - The Medina County Sheriff’s Office and several other agencies seized $12,000 dollars in counterfeit currency on Thursday. According to Sheriff Randy Brown, this was the result of a multiple week investigation spanning across Medina County.

Brown said it started several weeks ago when Hondo Police made a traffic stop and found fake money. After that, Castroville Police found fake money at a store. The three agencies pieced together this information and with the help of federal agents, they were able to execute a search warrant in the 200 block of CR 442 in Hondo. The search resulted in the arrest of seven people.

Rene Vargas, 55, Reymundo Rodriguez, 62, Monika Rodriguez, 44, Raymond Rodriguez-Towell, 17, Joe Anthony Alvarado, 46, and Rebecca Ann Solis, 41, all face forgery (counterfeiting) charges. Investigators did not release the name of the seventh person who was arrested.

"A lot of times, we don't know where it comes from. Sometimes we may suspect where it came from, but we just don't have what we need to get to that point," Brown said. "Because of everybody working together, that's how this came together and shut down what I think is a major counterfeiting ring."

The suspects will likely face federal charges as well, according to Brown.

The United States Secret Service South Texas Regional Task Force, the Texas Department of Public Safety CID, Rangers Aviation and Highway Patrol all assisted in the investigation.

Brown expected there could be more arrests.

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