Sterling woman charged with passing counterfeit bills

Posted 5/20/14

STANDISH — The Arenac County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a Sterling woman who allegedly passed two counterfeit $100 bills at area businesses in April and May, according to a press release.

According to the release, 27-year-old Cheryl Lynn Brewer was arrested after suspect descriptions and store video led deputies to a traffic stop identifying Brewer. An investigation by the sheriff’s department and U.S. Secret Service was conducted pertaining to counterfeiting complaints.

“Anything dealing with counterfeiting U.S. currency is a federal crime as well,” said Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre. “A lot of times they choose to have us prosecute those cases.”

Brewer was arraigned in 81st District Court May 13 and charged with two counts of uttering and publishing counterfeit currency, which is a felony charge punishable by up to five years in prison.

McIntyre said evidence associated with the case was seized and sent to the Michigan State Police for analysis. He said since multiple counterfeit bills were passed, an investigation is ongoing.

“We’re investigating the persons responsible for printing those counterfeit bills,” he said.

Brewer was released on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond. She was scheduled to appear in 81st District Court for a status conference May 20, and for a preliminary examination in district court May 27.

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