Counterfeit bill passed at yard sale leads to two arrests

Photo courtesy Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office. Charles Reilly and Crystal Trefry.

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Police made arrests related to counterfeit money after a retired police officer received a fake $20 bill at a yard sale.

Friday afternoon Kimberly Police responded to a residence for a reported fake bill that was used to buy a couple tables.

Police questioned Charles N. Reilly, 38, who told police he received the bill at Wal-Mart a day earlier. According to a probable cause affidavit, the responding officer said the paper “felt too thick and wrong to the touch.”

When asked further about the money Reilly denied having any more. Police questioned the passenger in Reilley’s SUV and saw signs of marijuana and other drugs paraphernalia in the SUV. Police detained Reilly and his passenger, Crystal Dawn Trefry, 44, who allegedly gave police a false name at first. The two were taken to the police station for questioning before being booked in the Twin Falls County Jail.

Officers went to Reilly’s residence in Hansen where he was living with his girlfriend and Trefry. Police spoke with the girlfriend who told police there was no more counterfeit money and showed police where the fake bills had been.

At the residence police saw a printer they suspected used for making counterfeit money. Police called Trefry’s probation officer to receive permission to search her room. In the room, police found paper with money printed on it inside of a backpack, as well as wadded up paper with cutouts that matched the shape and size of money.

In another room, police found another printer with paper that felt like the other counterfeit bill and indications that printer had been used to print the fake bills. Police also found five passports for people not living in the home, blank checks and a paymaster machine, which were collected for evidence.

Earlier on Friday, Twin Falls Police received a report of a woman matching the description of Trefry attempting to buy coffee at a gas station with what appeared to be a counterfeit $20 bill. When the employee asked a manger about the bill, Trefry paid for the coffee with other means and allegedly walked away leaving the bill at the store, court documents said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, a counterfeit bill was passed earlier in the day at the adjacent fast-food restaurant, The serial number on the bill matched those of other counterfeit bills collected by police. When questioned by Twin Falls Police at the jail, Trefry confirmed she was the one at the gas station, but denied knowing the bill was fraudulent, court documents said.

Reilly and Trefry were arraigned in court Monday. Both are being held on a $50,000 bond. The courts charged Reilly with possession of meth, forged checks, evidence destruction, all felonies, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

The court charged Trefry with felony possession of forged checks and misdemeanor providing false information to an officer. Both have preliminary hearings scheduled for June 16.

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