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Wed, Oct. 16

Police make arrest in counterfeit case

PRESCOTT – Authorities arrested Jason Figaniak, 24, in connection with five counterfeit $100 bills that he allegedly passed at the Prescott Gateway mall.

Several businesses in the mall accepted the bills on March 16, according to a Prescott Police report. Security officers at the mall saw two suspects leave in a Jeep Cherokee but obtained the license plate number of the vehicle, which is registered to a 19-year-old Payson woman.

When local police called the Payson Police Department, the agency confirmed that it was familiar with the vehicle's owner and her associates.

Sgt. Pete Hodap said previously that the woman is a suspect in a similar case that Payson authorities have been investigating. He said the bills that police confiscated in both cases contained the same serial numbers.

Prescott police obtained photos of the associates and they presented a photo lineup to the employees of the alleged victim stores at the mall, the report states.

Police subsequently arrested Figaniak and charged him with one count of fraud, forgery and theft. They didn't arrest the woman, but charges against her are pending, the report states.

Police are still looking for Chase Thomas Mazzoli and they have issued a warrant for his arrest.

People with information about this case may call Det. Elliot Sneezy at 777-1926.

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