3 arrested on fake money charges in 8-day span

South County

RICHMOND, R.I. (WPRI) — Three people are facing charges following two incidents in an 8-day span that Richmond police said involved counterfeit money.

In one case, Richmond police said they seized thousands of dollars worth of phony cash.

According to a news release, Richmond police arrested two New York City residents, 28-year-old Jerson Norberto and 38-year-old Waldalise Garcia last Thursday.

Police said they found $4,000 in $100 bills in the suspects’ car, which the U.S. Secret Service later confirmed were counterfeit. Police said most of the fake cash was hidden under the dashboard.

Police said a Rite Aid clerk called the station last Thursday and reported a man had tried to reload a pre-paid American Express card with $500 in bogus $100 bills. When the pharmacy refused to accept the money, the suspect left in a car with New York plates. An officer spotted the car about three miles away on Kingstown Road, being driven by Garcia with Norberto in the passenger seat, and pulled them over.

According to police, Norberto matched the description of the suspect the Rite Aid clerk gave them. Norberto gave the officers on scene a fake name, but police said they later learned who he was using his fingerprints. Police also learned Norberto was wanted on two outstanding arrest warrants in New York, on charges of forgery and violating parole.

Both Norberto and Garcia were charged with possession of counterfeit money, conspiracy and credit card fraud, Richmond police said. Norberto was also charged with passing counterfeit money, obstructing police, and being a fugitive from justice.

Police said Norberto was sent to the ACI after his arraignment by a Justice of the Peace, pending a court appearance. Garcia was released on $5,000 personal recognizance following her arraignment. 

Norberto and Garcia’s arrests happened about a week after Richmond police said they arrested a Norwich, Conn. woman on counterfeit money charges. Police said 20-year-old Cyani Evans was accused of using a counterfeit $100 bill to pay for a $7 item at a gas station in town.

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