Two arrested in counterfeit currency scheme in Independence

Two Independence people have been arrested as part of an investigation into the distribution of counterfeit currency in the Montgomery County region.


Montgomery County Sheriff Robert Dierks said Brian David Taylor, age 26, and Jan Angela Vicroy, age 33, both of Independence, were arrested this week and face charges on multiple counts of forgery. Taylor will also be charged with felony obstruction of the legal process.


Dierks said federal authorities have been assisting in the investigation, which opens the possibility that federal charges could be filed against the two Independence people.


Dierks said the investigation has involved the Independence Police Department, which has uncovered numerous counterfeit bills in various stores and businesses in the past several months.  He said the investigation had determined that the Independence was the center of the distribution of those bogus bills.


“The information indicates these these bills are being manufactured here in Independence and the distribution has been the heaviest here in this area,” he said. “We are confident that we are on the right trail in this investigation.”


The rash of counterfeit currency has been confirmed in multiple businesses in Cherryvale, Coffeyville and Independence.


For more arrests may follow, Dierks said. Persons with information about this case should contact the sheriff’s office at (620) 330-1000. Or, they can contact the Crime Tip Hotline at 1-800-498-1019. Callers may remain anonymous.


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