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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Man Indicted for Passing Counterfeit $100 Bills

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for passing counterfeit $100 bills in Mountain View, West Plains and Springfield, Mo.

 

Stuart E. Thurber, 55, who has been living in a travel trailer with no permanent residence, was charged in a six-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo.

 

Today’s indictment alleges that Thurber forged at least 93 counterfeit $100 bills between January 2014 and April 2016.

 

Thurber allegedly passed eight counterfeit $100 bills at a Dollar General Store located at 502 Highway 60, Mountain View, on March 22, 2016. Thurber allegedly passed four counterfeit $100 bills at a Wal-Mart Store located at 101 Highway 60, Mountain View, on March 23, 2016. Thurber allegedly passed eight counterfeit $100 bills at Southern Supply, located at 3216 E. Division St., Springfield, on March 31, 2016. Thurber allegedly passed four counterfeit $100 bills at a Dollar General Store located at 1397 Bill Virdon Blvd., West Plains, on April 2, 2016.

 

The indictment also charges Thurber with one count of possessing digital and electronic images of $100 bills with the intent to defraud.

 

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Mohlhenrich. It was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, the Mountain View, Mo., Police Department, the Ozark, Mo., Police Department and the West Plains, Mo., Police Department.

Updated July 19, 2016