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Walla Walla Police arrest 4 counterfeiters operating out of Super 8 Motel

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Walla Walla police arrested 4 people Friday morning. Walla Walla police arrested 4 people Friday morning.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -

Walla Walla Police arrested four people following an investigation into the production of fake IDs, counterfeit cash and checks. Police made the arrest Friday morning around 8 a.m. at the Super 8 Motel located at 2315 Eastgate in Walla Walla.

The investigation began on March 18 when GESA Credit Union discovered several counterfeit checks had been deposited into three new checking accounts at local branches and then the funds were withdrawn from the account before the checks could be authenticated. Police estimate the total loss was over $5,000.

Detectives were able to identify the suspects and learned they were printing fraudulent checks, ID cards, social security cards and checks. The operation was set up in two rooms at the Super 8 Motel. Detectives searched both rooms and recovered multiple laptops, two printers, numerous counterfeit checks and ID cards, two counterfeit $50 bills and $10 bills, meth, scales, syringes and other drug paraphernalia.

The suspects were identified as Ryan D. Mitchell, 43; Brittany L. Black, 25; Christopher T. Smith, 46; and Shalanda McRoberts, 26. Mitchell was arrested on charges of numerous counts of forgery, first degree theft and possession of methamphetamine. Black and Smith are being held on theft and forgery charges and McRoberts was booked for meth possession.

Further charges and arrests are likely as additional counterfeit checks and cash are discovered. The investigation is still ongoing.

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