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Second suspect arrested in bogus bills scheme

Nathan Hoffman and Stara Brummett (YCSO)

Nathan Hoffman and Stara Brummett (YCSO)

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During the search, detectives seized several inkjet printers and numerous chemicals used to wash US currency. Detectives also found a large of amount of counterfeit bills in $20, $50, and $100 denominations. Some of the bills were in the process of counterfeiting. (YCSO)

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives on May 8 arrested the boyfriend of a woman alleged to have run a counterfeit bill scheme, after they found evidence that he used alleged bogus bills to buy gasoline.

Nathan Hoffman, 34, was taken into custody in Clarkdale on charges of fraudulent schemes, possession of forgery equipment, falsely making written instrument, possession of a forged instrument and possession of dangerous drugs.

“On March 30, Hoffman entered the Beaver Creek gas mart and presented a $100 to pay for gas,” said YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn. “While (Hoffman was) using the gas pumps, the clerk looked over the bill and determined it was likely a counterfeit and shut the pump off. By then, Hoffman put $35 worth of gas in his car. As Hoffman reentered the mart to find out why the pumped stopped, he saw clerks looking over the $100 he intended to use for payment. Hoffman then turned around and left, never paying for any of the gas he had pumped.”

The bill was later examined and confirmed to be counterfeit.

On May 3, Stara Brummett, 38, was charged with possession of forgery equipment, falsely making a written instrument, fraudulent schemes, theft, offering a forged instrument, and possession of dangerous drugs.

Brummett is suspected in counterfeit cases at retail outlets from August 2017 through April 2018, where she presented “washed” bills, using chemicals to remove the ink from real bills and then reprinting them as a larger bill.

She is being held at Camp Verde jail on a $25,000 bond.

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