Local couple accused of $500,000 in fake currency

July 1, 2011 4:07:27 AM PDT
A Texas husband and wife have been accused of passing $500,000 in fake money in grocery stores, tanning salons and other Houston-area businesses.

A detention hearing is scheduled Thursday for 34-year-old Synaca Thomas and 25-year-old Brittany Jordan of Cypress.

Federal prosecutors say Thomas and Jordan allegedly obtained real $5 bills that they reprinted as counterfeit $100 bills.

Thomas and Jordan have been charged with conspiracy to counterfeit currency, making counterfeit currency and passing counterfeit currency. Thomas is also charged with two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The five-count indictment was returned June 23 and unsealed Wednesday after the couple's arrest. Details were not immediately available on attorneys for the pair.

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