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Batesville man charged with 11 counts of first-degree forgery of phony money

A Batesville man has been placed on a $75,000 bond after being charged in Independence County Circuit Court with 11 counts of first-degree forgery.

The court information said on April 13, 2018, Batesville Police Officer Jason Bryant was dispatched to Walmart in Batesville concerning several counterfeit bills passed at the business.

Through security video footage, Bryant and Greg Sims, a Walmart store asset protection associate, were able to identify William Figueroa, 26, as the person passing the $20 bills at the store. The court record also said Sims also noticed that with the counterfeit bills, Figueroa has purchased a Canon printer, several drawing pads, a paper trimmer and spray paint — items associated with the counterfeiting process.

Later that day in Batesville, Sgt. Chris Little pulled over a vehicle being driven by Figueroa. The sergeant took him into custody on an active warrant for his arrest.

Officer Kody Headley, while doing an inventory of the vehicle, found two counterfeit $20 bills in the driver’s door pocket.

Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer’s office, after reviewing the Batesville Police Department arrest information, filed the first-degree forgery charges involving 11 counts.  

If convicted, each forgery count carries imprisonment of not less than five nor more than 20 years, or a fine not exceeding $15,000 or both a fine and imprisonment.

Figueroa remains in jail awaiting court proceedings.

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