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Couple arrested after spending counterfeit money at Salt Lake County fast food restaurants, police say

By Liesl Nielsen, | Posted - Oct. 7, 2019 at 4:03 p.m.

RIVERTON — A couple was arrested after police say they manufactured and spent counterfeit bills at fast-food restaurants in Salt Lake County.

Skyler Holmes, 29, and Ashley Jacobson, 21, were arrested about 5:30 p.m. Friday on suspicion of forgery, possession of a forgery device, possession of a controlled substance, and possession or use of drug paraphernalia, jail records show. Holmes was also arrested on suspicion of producing or transferring false identification documents.

Both were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail that same day.

Officers responded to a call Friday from the owner of Taco Time in Riverton,1939 W. 12600 South, and found Holmes and Jacobson in the parking lot of the restaurant when they arrived, jail records state.

The officers read the pair their Miranda rights, and both Jacobson and Holmes said they had several counterfeit $20 bills in their possession and that they had used other counterfeit money at fast-food restaurants in Riverton, Herriman and South Jordan over the last two weeks, according to jail records.

The Taco Time owner told police that the couple had been captured on video surveillance using counterfeit bills at the Taco Time restaurant in Herriman the day before. The couple is also accused of using the bills at a Chik-fil-A restaurant in Riverton.

Jail records show the couple would often enter the restaurant separately and each buy food using a counterfeit $20 bill, then receive change. The pair told police that they used a photocopy machine in their car to create the bills and that the machine was still in their vehicle, along with used heroin syringes, according to jail records.

In the car, officers found the copy machine, dozens of used syringes with residue in them, one syringe loaded with heroin, another small amount of heroin, a meth pipe and a digital scale with heroin residue, according to jail records.

Both Jacobson and Holmes admitted to using the bills and drug paraphernalia but said Holmes was the only one who created the counterfeit bills. Holmes then described his method of creating the bills to officers.

The jail records did not elaborate on that process.

Liesl Nielsen

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