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Forum staff reports, Published April 24 2013

Fargo police say counterfeiting suspect arrested after standing in line behind off-duty officer

FARGO – Police arrested a Fargo woman Tuesday accused of passing counterfeit money at six different businesses here, a case broken open when investigators realized the suspect was standing behind an off-duty police officer in line at one of the businesses.

Tori Renee Ziegelman, 26, may face felony counterfeiting charges, Fargo police Deputy Chief Pat Claus stated in a news release.

Claus said that on April 17 and 18, police recovered more than $200 in counterfeit cash from the six businesses. When reviewing surveillance video from one of the businesses, officers saw the suspect was in line with the off-duty officer, Claus said. That officer was able to identify Ziegelman through prior dealings with her, he said.

Police executed a search on Ziegelman’s home Monday, where Claus said they found more than $2,000 in completed or partially completed counterfeit bills. Claus said the bills were in denominations from $1 to $50, and there may be more fake bills still circulating in the community.

He said the bills had blurred images and lacked indicators such as security strips, watermarks and colored threads.

Claus said 26-year-old was already in the Cass County Jail on an unrelated charge.

Ziegelman may also face felony drug possession and drug paraphernalia charges linked to the search warrant, he said.