Second suspect arrested in Klamath Falls counterfeit money case

counterfeit-moneyAn ongoing investigation following the arrest earlier this month of a woman in possession of counterfeit money led to the arrest Friday morning of a Klamath Falls man at a local motel. The man was in the process of forging currency in his motel room when contacted by Oregon State Police (OSP) and Klamath Falls Police Department.

On March 28, 2014 at approximately 2:15 a.m., OSP troopers, with the assistance of Klamath Falls police, contacted a motel room at the Cimarron Motel Inn at 3060 South Sixth Street. Contact at the motel stemmed from an ongoing forgery investigation following the March 18 arrest of Stephanie Vigil, age 30, by OSP during a traffic stop in which Vigil was in possession of counterfeit money and methamphetamine.

Officers contacted the room’s occupant identified as Vernon Edward Schaeffer, age 36, from Klamath Falls. Schaeffer was in the process of forging fake currency and had at least twenty fake $20, $50, and $100 bills. In addition to the fake currency, officers seized a color copier/scanner, paper, a small amount of methamphetamine and other evidence.

OSP arrested Shaeffer and lodged him in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges:

• Twenty (20) counts of Forgery in the First Degree
• Twenty (20) counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument
• Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine