Four men arrested on counterfeit-related charges in Oro Valley

2014-06-09T12:00:00Z 2014-06-09T12:11:28Z Four men arrested on counterfeit-related charges in Oro ValleyVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Four men were arrested on suspicion of fraud after allegedly using counterfeit bills to purchase items from an Oro Valley Target, according to police. 

On June 6, three men purchased nearly $600 worth of merchandise from Target, in the 10000 block of North Oracle Road, using counterfeit $20 bills, Lt. Kara Riley, an Oro Valley Police Department spokeswoman said in a news release. 

Staff from that Target contacted other Target stores to inform them of the incident and within 45 minutes, the three men went to a Target in Marana and tried to exchanged the merchandise purchased at the Oro Valley store for cash, the release said. 

Members of the police department's Community Action Team, made contact with the three men as they were leaving the Target in Marana. 

The suspects told police they were from Texas and traveling through town to California and were staying at a hotel. 

Officers obtained a search warrant and found items used to make counterfeit money in the hotel room, the release said. 

A fourth suspect was arrested at the hotel.

The U.S. Secret Service assisted with the search warrant execution. 

Billy Hamilton, 24, Akeem Johnson, 22, and Ronnie Ringo, 23, were arrested on suspicion of nine counts each of forgery, fraud schemes and organized retail theft, the release said. 

Michael Hamilton, 29, was arrested on suspicion of 14 counts of forgery and fraud schemes. 

All four men were booked into the Pima County jail. 

The investigation is ongoing and anybody with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME (882-7463). 

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