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Man and Woman Arrested for Alleged Counterfeit Money in Santa Clara

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Santa Clara police arrested a woman and a man last Thursday in connection with the discovery of more than $8,000 in counterfeit money and equipment used to manufacture fake bills, police announced Monday. At 4:17 p.m. Thursday, police contacted the woman and man near Boynton Avenue and Kiely Boulevard in San Jose, just south of Santa Clara’s city limits and west of San Tomas Expressway, according to police Lt. Kurt Clarke.

The woman, 39-year-old Stephanie Barut, appeared to be under the influence of a stimulant and was on active probation, allowing officers to search her and her residence, police said. On Barut’s person, police located $1,100 in counterfeit U.S. money, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to police. Officers later went to her home about a block east in the 3500 block of Greenlee Drive in San Jose, searched the residence and recovered $7,000 in counterfeit money and the tools needed to make the phony currency, police said.

Police also located 10 different identifications, nunchucks — an illegal weapon of two sticks joined by a chain or rope – and an Airsoft pistol, according to officers. The man, identified as 39-year-old David Jackson, also showed objective signs of being under the influence of a stimulant and police found on him a legal-to-own pen used to make a small mark on currency to tell if a bill is counterfeit or not, officers said.

Barut was determined to be in violation of the terms of her probation and arrested on suspicion of felony possessing counterfeit money and possessing methamphetamine, Clarke said. Jackson was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to Clark.

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