Valdosta Daily Times

July 24, 2013

Police break Nashville counterfeit ring

Quinten Plummer
The Valdosta Daily Times

NASHVILLE — Police linked an eighth suspect to months-old reports of fake currency in circulation on Monday morning as investigators from the Nashville Police continued piecing together a case involving a counterfeiting ring, according to reports from the Nashville Police Department.

Kaley Jordon Turner, 22, of Nashville, was taken into custody by NPD  detectives on a counterfeiting charge at about 11:30 am. on Monday, according to Assistant Chief Chuck Edwards of the NPD.

Michael Elmer Carter, 33, Christopher Bernard Doe, 42, Tosha Lynn Jones, 28, Jireh Jenier Perez, 20, Demetrious Pettaway, 38, Porsha Susanne Steverson, 23, all of Nashville, and Talita Lashune Foster, 34, of Naylor were taken into custody at around 8:30 a.m. last Friday, according to reports.

Foster was incarcerated in the Lowndes County Jail on other charges, according to Edwards, but all eight suspects face a charge of Forgery in the First Degree, a felony, with Perez and Pettaway facing two  counts each, according to Edwards, who stated the there may be more links to the ring.

“This investigation is by no means over at this point,” said Edwards. “We are still pursuing two additional suspects for which we have arrest warrants and while we have collected hundreds of dollars in counterfeit currency in the past few months, there is no way to tell how much more is still circulating in the community, some of which will most certainly find its way to unsuspecting hands.”

The NPD began fielding intermittent reports of residents coming across counterfeit currency back in April, according to Police Chief John Clayton.

“We had a total of seven reports until about the middle of June, and then things started to really pick up around the first of July with numerous local businesses reporting counterfeit bills, mostly $20’s,” said Clayton. “In the majority of cases reported there were either no investigative leads at all or what few leads we were able to develop led to a dead end.”

After the Police Department got a couple of breaks, detectives were able to start putting names with faces and eventually gathered enough evidence to bring charges against the seven people arrested on Friday, stated Edwards.

NPD detectives continued gathering evidence towards the arrest of additional suspects and they have also been working with several law enforcement agencies, including U.S. Secret Service, according to Clayton.

Anyone having more information in regard to these crimes, or any others, have been encouraged to call the Nashville Police Department at (229) 686-6558 or the anonymous tip-line at (229) 686-2238.