COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says it has arrested three people in what it calls a "highly sophisticated operation involving forgery and identity theft."
According to the sheriff's office, one of the suspects was making counterfeit bills and stealing identities using high-quality bills with holographic markings that passed the marker test. It says that while executing a search warrant, detectives recovered $12,500 in counterfeit bills, 12 ID cards, a sawed-off shotgun, and a 13-year-old runaway.
The three people facing charges were identified by the sheriff's office as Robert Gould, Michelle Liali, and Lance Williams.
Gould faces charges for criminal possession of a financial device, theft, 125 counts of forgery, possesion of a weapon by a previous offender, possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of tools for forgery device and criminal possession of identity documents.
Michelle Liali faces charges for identity theft, criminal possession of a forged instrument, possession of identity theft tools, and criminal possession of identity documents.
Lance Williams faces a forgery charge.