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Eight charged, more sought in south GA counterfeit scheme

NASHVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Eight people are in jail facing forgery charges after Nashville Police say they were involved in counterfeiting money.

Michael Elmer Carter, 33, Christopher Bernard Doe, 42, Tosha Lynn Jones, 28, Jireh Jenier Perez, 20, Demetrious Pettaway, 38, Porsha Susanne Steverson, 23, Talita Lashune Foster, 34, and Kaley Jordon Turner, 22, are charged with Forgery in the First Degree.

The arrests come after residents reported coming across counterfeit money beginning in April.

Officials say they received seven reports between April and June, but a higher number of reports surfaced beginning in July.

Police say the counterfeit bills were mostly 20 dollar bills.

After most cases lead officers to a dead end, detectives say they got a couple of breaks that lead to the charges of the suspects named.

"This investigation is by no means over at this point" said Nashville Police Assistant Chief Chuck Edwards. "We are still pursuing two additional suspects for which we have arrest warrants and while we have collected hundreds of dollars in counterfeit currency in the past few months, there is no way to tell how much more is still circulating in the community, some of which will most certainly find its way to unsuspecting hands."

Nashville Police Chief John Clayton says detectives are continuing to gather evidence and the investigation is ongoing.

The suspects have been booked into the Berrien County Jail. There was no immediate word on bond amounts.

Anyone wishing to share information about these or any other crimes can call the Nashville Police Department at (229) 686-6558 or the anonymous tip line at (229) 686-2238

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