In early April Amarillo Police Department detectives and U.S. Secret Service agents began investigating reports of counterfeit money circulating in Amarillo.
On April 8, 2013 27-year-old Ronald Joseph Odell was arrested for forgery after he tried to use counterfeit money at an Amarillo convenience store.
According to APD, throughout April several incidents of counterfeit money surfaced and several people were brought in for questioning and some were later released.
Later in the month, 24-year-old Rosa Linda Gaona and 21-year-old Noah Levy Rendon were arrested on April 26, 2013 on charges of forgery after they tried to use the fake bills at a gas station in Amarillo. Rendon and Gaona were identified as the suspects. Their charges were accepted on May 8, 2013.
Investigators are asking for help in locating a suspect reported during the investigation. Ruben Jose Perez, 36, is wanted by Randall County for forgery. Perez is believed to be the person responsible for using conterfeit money to purchase tools from an internet want ad.
If you have information regarding this investigation contact Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.