Feds charge 3 in counterfeiting cases

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Three Alaskans have been charged in two separate counterfeiting cases.

The U.S. attorney's office says 42-year-old Eugene David Downey Jr. of Anchorage faces four counts of passing counterfeit $50 bills at Anchorage-area stores.

In a separate case involving two Chugiak residents, 28-year-old Matthew Lee Daley faces seven counts and 30-year-old Christa Louise Speiser is charged with four counts of passing and making counterfeit money. They are accused of bleaching $1 and $5 bills and using computers to make the notes into $50 and $100 bills. Authorities allege they passed the bills at stores in Eagle River last November.

Prosecutors say Downey and Daley are under arrest, and an arrest warrant has been issued for Speiser. There was no indication from online court records that any have lawyers.