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Monrovia Man Accused of Using Fake ID to Purchase Vehicle with Counterfeit $100s

The suspect allegedly used another person's identity and purchased a vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga using counterfeit $100 bills, deputies said.

A Monrovia man was arrested early New Years Day in Highland and accused of using another person's identity to purchase a vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga with counterfeit $100 bills, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

A Highland deputy on patrol about 3:30 a.m. Jan. 1 spotted a white GMC Jimmy and did a records check on the license plate, Highland Station personnel said in a statement.

The records check showed the vehicle was confirmed stolen from Rancho Cucamonga, deputies said.

The patrol deputy stopped the vehicle at Base Line and the 210 Freeway, north of Redlands and Loma Linda, and found two people in it. The driver was identified as Joseph Anthony Anderson, 28, of Monrovia, and he was arrested.

"During the investigation, it was discovered that there was a suspect named in the original report taken by the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department," Highland Station personnel said. "The suspect had purchased the vehicle with counterfeit $100 bills. It was later determined that Anderson had used another person's identity to purchase the vehicle with the counterfeit money."

Anderson booked at Central Detention Center on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle. His bail was listed Wednesday as $50,000.

Anyone with more information was urged to contact Detective Dave Clifford of the Highland Station at (909) 425-9793.

Dan Crandell January 02, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Should be illegal to buy a car on New Year Day. This guy should have stayed home to watch the parade and games like good people were doing. Now he's being held on bail at 50K which is about the value of a fully outfitted GMC jimmy.
R Terry January 02, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Seems like a low bail for a federal crime. Seems that passing counterfeit money is not such a big crime. I had someone try to pass a fake $20 on me at my garage sale then did it one the neighbor, only for the police to say $40 (two bills) was not enough to pursue further. I'm sure these people were regularly doing this at garage sales. I even had the license number of their vehicle.
SgtJackWagon January 05, 2013 at 08:47 PM
They target people conducting yard sales. So many do not take the time to check out the bill. Watch out for young kids buying yard sale items with 100 and 20 dollar bills. This happens when Mom and Dad don't have the guts to present the bill, so they knowingly send "Johnny" to do their dirty work. Keep in mind that they are not interested in buying anything from you. Most likely they will purchase something of little value, as they just want to dump the bill on you!
Mr. T. Adams January 09, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Phony bills are easy to spot if you take the time to look. They don't "feel right, as they're usually printed on copy paper or a bleached $1 bill;" they're the wrong colors; they don't have the security thread; etc. Here's a suggestion: during your yard sale, just tell the bearer of a phony bill that you don't have the change for the purchase. Problem solved. You might lose the sale; but, at least, you won't be stuck with a phony bill.

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