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Fake money scheme toppled in Burleson

A counterfeit money scheme has been toppled by Burleson police and other officers, a police spokeswoman said.

Two men -- one from Burleson, the other from South Carolina -- were arrested Sunday and Monday on felony arrest warrants for forgery of money, said Sally Ellertson, spokeswoman for the city of Burleson.

Police early Saturday evening received a report "of someone passing counterfeit money" at a Wal-Mart, Ellertson said. Another report of counterfeiting was made about an hour and a half later, although details were unavailable Tuesday.

However, an officer noticed similarities in both cases and gave the information to detectives, Ellertson said.

Detectives interviewed witnesses and the investigation lead to Jeff Decalve Aston, 23, of Burleson.

Aston, according to police, had tried to pass $180 in counterfeit money at Wal-Mart.

"The clerk at Wal-Mart noticed that the money looked counterfeit," Ellertson said. "She tried to stall Aston, but Aston got nervous and left before the officer arrived."

Burleson's SWAT Team and the STOP Special Crimes Unit executed a search warrant shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday at Aston's home in the Buffalo Ridge Mobile Home Park, Ellertson said. The park is in the 2100 block of South Burleson Boulevard.

The STOP unit is made up of officers from agencies in Johnson County, including Burleson, Cleburne, and the sheriff's office.

"Detectives found a copy machine that was in the process of printing the first side of $20 bills in a back bedroom of the home," Ellertson said. "Detectives also recovered more than 30 finished $20 bills that were cut, stacked, and ready for distribution.

"Several bags of discarded counterfeit bills were also recovered."

Aston was not home during the raid, but two other people "were detained during the execution of the search warrant," Ellertson said.

One detainee was released, but officers did arrest Michael Doran Wilson, 34, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. for forgery of national government money, a third degree felony, Ellertson said.

Aston was arrested at 3:24 p.m. Monday during a traffic stop in the parking lot of a north Burleson apartment complex, Ellertson said.

Other details about the case were not immediately available Tuesday morning.

"The investigation is still active," Ellertson said.