Drumheller RCMP lay charges in counterfeit currency investigations
On November 20, 2016, Drumheller RCMP received a complaint from a local business that the previous day, two younger dark haired females had purchased a large quantity of items using counterfeit US currency. The business called back later that evening and reported that one of the female suspects had returned and was attempting to return some of the merchandise for a refund.
Drumheller RCMP attended and arrested 21-year-old Reanne Broderson of Red Deer. At the time of her arrest, she had a large quantity of counterfeit US currency in her possession as well as various other items believed to be stolen or fraudulently obtained.
Broderson was charged with possession of property obtained by crime, fraud, identity theft, possession and use of counterfeit currency. Broderson has entered a guilty plea to her charges and is currently serving a six-month sentence.
Following the first complaint, Drumheller RCMP received two more reports from local businesses reporting counterfeit U.S. currency being used.
The investigation into these incidents has resulted in arrest warrants being issued for Sara Alderson, age 20, and Jeffrey Morse, age 35. Both Alderson and Morse are believed to be in the Drumheller area. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Drumheller RCMP or Crimestoppers.
Drumheller RCMP believes all three incidents are related and would like other businesses to be aware of the counterfeit currency being circulated in $50 and $20 denominations. The bills are very high-quality counterfeits and do require additional security checks.
Police are recommending due diligence prior to accepting any US Currency. For information on detecting counterfeit U.S. currency, visit https://uscurrency.gov/
If you have information about this crime, please contact the Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-2630. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).