By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Police arrested a transient man and woman over the weekend and charged them with being involved in counterfeiting in the area.
Melinda McDonald, 36, was charged with two counts of forgery and Kyle Joyce, 31, was charged with two counts of criminal liability for another. Police list both as transient.
According to police statements and affidavits obtained from the Belknap County Superior Court, McDonald and Joyce tried to pay for a room at the Landmark Inn with a false $20 bill and a false $100 dollar bill on Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 relatively.
Affidavits said police interviewed the two on Aug. 9 and were told by them that they had gotten about $200 in fake money from someone in Lakeport and were passing it to "get rid" of it.
Capt. Matt Canfield said Monday that police continued their investigation and got warrants for each of them. He said police responded to a shoplifting call Sunday afternoon at Walmart and found and arrested both of them on Gilford Place on the outstanding warrants.
Canfield said that some of the counterfeit money, which was not of good quality and had the feel of being very thick and waxy, has been recovered in a storage area for an apartment on Academy Street.
Canfield said the people who own the house and currently rent the apartment don't have anything to do with the counterfeiting.
He said police continue to investigate and they have been in touch with the U.S. Treasury Department and the Secret Service, who operate from that department and who investigate counterfeiting.
Both McDonald and Joyce entered not guilty pleas in court Monday. Joyce was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and McDonald is being held on $2,000 cash or corporate surety.
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