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.