Jaymes D. Wright, pictured, a 20 year old male from Joplin, has been arrested and charged with forgery in reference to this case. Charges have been filed by the Jasper County Prosecutorís Office for forgery ($7,500 bond). Wright was also charged with possession of marijuana ($500 bond) and trespassing ($250 bond) through the city municipal prosecutor. This investigation is still ongoing at this time.
The Joplin Police Department this past weekend received a number of reports of counterfeit currency being passed around the city. The counterfeit bills included $10.00, $20.00, $50.00 and $100.00 bills. The largest numbers of bills passed were the $100.00.
The police department would encourage the public to examine any bills closely that they feel are not authentic. If there is a suspicious bill please contact the police and turn the bill over to them.
Authentic currency has a security strip embedded in the paper. The bills being passed are of poor quality and a careful examination will show them to be counterfeit.
Investigators with the Joplin Police Department are working on a number of leads at this time in trying to find the source of the counterfeit currency.