Police In Twin Falls Shut Down Check Counterfeiting Operation


By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Police in Twin Falls say they have “put a stop” to a sophisticated check counterfeiting operation that has been a problem for local retailers since early December. The nearly one-month investigation resulted in charges against several individuals, as well as the seizure of check printing equipment, narcotics and a firearm.
The investigation began after police received calls from local retailers who reported that they had been the victims of check fraud. What set the case apart from more common check fraud investigations was the quality of the fake checks.
“They were printed on check printing stock with watermarks,” said David Heidemann, a detective with the Twin Falls Police Department. “This was one of the most sophisticated operations we had seen in a long time in our community.”
In late-December police obtained information that led them to a home located in west Twin Falls. Detectives later received a search warrant for the home, which was served on Thursday, Jan. 3. For the safety of everyone involved, the Twin Falls Fire Department and the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office
were called in to assist.
At the scene, police seized printing machinery, paper stock for printing checks, narcotics and a firearm.
Charges are pending against multiple people who are suspected of being involved in the ring that was printing and cashing bogus checks.
“This was really a joint operation where we worked with the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office,” Heidemann said. “The hard work paid off and we were able to prevent the suspects from continuing to defraud local retailers.”

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