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Inland trio arrested in San Bernardino counterfeiting bust

By in Press Enterprise on February 1, 2018

By Brian Rokos

A lab where criminals manufactured counterfeit money and credit cards — described as large and sophisticated — was busted in San Bernardino on Monday, Jan. 29, authorities said.

Donald John Hagee of Perris was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, forgery and narcotics violations in connection with a money counterfeiting lab that authorities say they discovered in San Bernardino on Jan. 29, 2018. (Courtesy of Ventura County Sheriff’s Department)

Three Inland residents were arrested in the case, which began Sunday with two men trying to pay for expensive items at a store with phony $100 bills, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

Donald John Hagee, 42, of Perris, was arrested on suspicion of forgery, conspiracy and narcotics violations. Mitchell Charles Wagers, 44, of Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested on suspicion of forgery, conspiracy, weapons and narcotics violations. Crystina Nychole Graciano, 31, of Beaumont, was also arrested. Her charges were not listed in the news release or on the county jail website.

On Sunday, an employee at a Kohl’s store in Moorpark reported that two men were trying to pass fake bills. Hagee and Wagers were detained with $15,000 of counterfeit currency on them as

Mitchell Charles Wagers of Rancho Cucamonga was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, forgery, weapons and narcotics violations in connection with a money counterfeiting lab that authorities say they discovered in San Bernardino on July 29, 2018. (Courtesy of Ventura County Sheriff's Department)Mitchell Charles Wagers of Rancho Cucamonga was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, forgery, weapons and narcotics violations in connection with a money counterfeiting lab that authorities say they discovered in San Bernardino on Jan. 29, 2018. (Courtesy of Ventura County Sheriff’s Department)

well as illegal narcotics, the release said. Graciano was with them.

Monday, Ventura County sheriff’s investigators and the Secret Service searched what was […]    

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