Cottonwood man accused of passing counterfeit money

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James Daugherty By Jennifer Thomas James Daugherty By Jennifer Thomas

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. -- A Cottonwood man accused of passing counterfeit bills was arrested on Sunday.

Cottonwood police said James Daugherty, 29, passed three counterfeit $20 bills at the Great Gas Mini-Mart located in the 600 block of East SR 89A on Dec. 10.

Daugherty was located on Sunday. During the arrest, police reportedly found three more counterfeit $20 bills in his possession.

A search of a residence in connection to the case yielded additional evidence including items and devices, which police believe he used to reproduce the documents.

"There were fairly obvious signs some of these documents were forged, including the print being upside down on the reverse side," said Cottonwood Police Department spokesman Sgt. Gareth Braxton.

Daugherty was booked in at the Yavapai County Detention Center. He was charged with one count of fraudulent schemes and six counts of forgery.

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