Tampa Police and Secret Service Shut Down Counterfeiting Operation and Arrest Suspect

03/18/15
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Officer Casey Gonzalez and Officer Robert Larose seized more than 100 bills in different denominations and several laptops during the counterfeit currency bust.
Officer Casey Gonzalez and Officer Robert Larose seized more than 100 bills in different denominations and several laptops during the counterfeit currency bust.

WHEN: 8/22/2011, 1:01 PM

WHERE: 1426 E. 108th Ave #A

SUSPECT: Derek J. Shaw, DOB: 4/23/92, B/M, 1426 E. 108th Ave #A
Tampa Fl. 33612

CHARGES: Forgery of Bank Bills (3 counts), Possession of 10 or More Forged Bank Bills (3 counts) and Possession of Counterfeiting Equipment, additional charges pending.

SUSPECT VEHICLE: 1995 GMC Jimmy SUV (Seized)

DETAILS: During the month of August, the Tampa Police Department learned the suspect was using his duplex as a point of distribution for counterfeit money. Detectives determined he was printing and selling counterfeit money from his duplex on 108th Avenue. Rapid Offender Control (ROC) Officers partnered with the Secret Service and used an undercover agent to make several purchases from the suspect. The 3-week long investigation culminated with a search warrant on Monday, 8/22/11 at 1:00 p.m. Members of the Tampa Police Department Tactical Response Team (TRT) executed the search warrant because there was the possibility of firearms in the home. During the search and the investigation, officers seized a significant amount of counterfeit currency and equipment used to produce it. The Secret Service determined the bills passed throughout Hillsborough County several times.
Officers also recovered a laptop stolen during a New Tampa residential burglary, as well as a laptop stolen from Broward County. The suspect was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail without incident. He is facing multiple charges and additional charges are pending.

Laura McElroy
TPD PIO