Tigard Police have arrested a man who's accused of spending over $5,000 in counterfeit money. 41-year-old Edwin Fuller, of Los Angeles man, is charged with ten counts of Forgery I and four counts of theft.
The charges stemmed from the suspect allegedly using counterfeit $20 dollar bills to purchase over $5,000 of merchandise at retail stores in Tigard, Eugene, Salem, Hillsboro, and Medford from December 21, 2019 to February 21, 2020.
Ten transactions were conducted at Macy’s and JCPenney stores, ranging from $360 to $640. In Tigard, the suspect allegedly tendered nearly $2,000 in counterfeit bills during four transactions between December 2019 and last month.
Loss prevention officers at JCPenney and Macy’s helped Tigard CCU detectives identify and apprehend the suspect. Tigard Police received information that Fuller was being released from a Clark County jail and trailed the suspect to the Portland International Airport, where he was taken into custody with the assistance of the Port of Portland Police.
The suspect is believed to be involved in similar incidents in other states. Tigard CCU detectives are sharing information with law enforcement agencies and loss prevention specialists across the country that may have similar outstanding cases.