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2 arrested in ‘highly sophisticated’ counterfeit operation in El Paso County

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — Two people arrested in El Paso County are accused of running a “highly sophisticated operation” making counterfeit bills and stealing identities.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said the high-quality bills had holographic markings that passed the marker test.

When investigators executed a search warrant, they recovered $12,500 in counterfeit bills, 12 ID cards, 1.5 grams of heroin and a sawed-off shotgun, according to the sheriff’s office.

They also found a 13-year-old runaway with the suspects.

Investigators arrested 48-year-old Robert Gould and 35-year-old Michelle Liali.

Gould faces charges of theft, forgery (125 counts), possession of a weapon by a previous offender, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of tools for a forgery device and possession of identity documents — multiple victims.

Liali faces charges of identity theft, criminal possession of a forged instrument, possession of identity theft tools and criminal possession of identity documents — multiple victims.

Another man, 31-year-old Lance Williams, was arrested on an outstanding warrant unrelated to the case.