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Three face charges after clerk spots bogus bills

MOORHEAD — Three people face counterfeiting charges in Clay County District Court after a sharp-eyed store clerk in Barnesville notified police of suspicious bills Monday.

Lt. Stephen Landsem of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said a clerk at the Tesoro service station called Barnesville police early Monday after two men tried paying for gas with $20 bills that appeared to be suspicious, based on a pen the clerk used to test the bills.

When the clerk questioned the men about the bills, they left the bills behind and took off in a minivan. Landsem said an alert was sent out and a Minnesota State Patrol trooper stopped the vehicle on Interstate 94.

Two men were arrested and the vehicle was impounded.

Landsem said investigators found about $3,700 in counterfeit $20, $50 and $100 bills in the van, along with a printer. A woman who had been traveling with the men was also arrested, he said.

Landsem identified the three as Margret N. Miramon, 42; Ralph D. Taylor, 51; and Andrew J. Jenson, 41. He did not have addresses for the suspects, all of whom face at least one felony counterfeit-related charge, according to Landsem, who said the three appear to have been traveling across the country in the minivan.

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