A Charlotte County woman is facing federal charges after allegedly printing more than $1,000 in counterfeit bills.

According to the indictment, Sabrina Fisher, 33, used counterfeit money to pay for items at Arby’s in Port Charlotte, Goodwill in North Port, and Brother’s Q Tires in Port Charlotte. Caught on surveillance video, she was noted for her blond hair with pink highlights.

On June 12, Fisher and a male passenger were stopped in a white four-door Nissan on Tamiami Trailer after a caller said people in the vehicle appeared to be using narcotics. Under Fisher’s passenger seat, a clutch purse containing $1,165 in counterfeit currency was found, along with two ink cartridges and resume paper, the indictment states.

Cpl. Paul Guyton, a U.S. Secret Service Taskforce Agent for the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, determined the bills were counterfeit.

A multi-jurisdictional investigation into the counterfeiting involved the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, the North Port Police Department, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Secret Service. The agencies found U.S. currency was being counterfeited in DeSoto County and transported throughout Florida, according to a CCSO press release.

Charlotte, Sarasota and Polk counties confirmed having the counterfeit bills passed at local businesses within their jurisdictions, the release stated.

Fisher was arrested in July on charges of making or possessing instruments for forging bills and forging bank bills. The U.S. Attorney’s Office took over prosecution of the case at the end of September. She was indicted on three counts of uttering a forged bill and three counts of possessing instruments for forging.

Anyone with information on counterfeiting activity is encouraged to report it to an Economic Crimes Unit Detective by calling 941-639-2101. Information can also be provided to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-789-TIPS.


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