CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Cape Coral Police Make Arrests in Two Separate Counterfeiting Cases
(June 27, 2012)- The Cape Coral Police have made two arrests for counterfeiting US Currency in separate investigations.
A Cape Coral Police Detective assigned to the US Secret Service Task Force was investigating Jerome Raymond Rillera of 1925 SW Santa Barbara Place for counterfeiting bills. Detectives from the Cape Coral Police Department and the US Secret Service executed a search warrant on Rillera's apartment this morning and seized counterfeit $10 and $20 bills as well as computer equipment used to make the bogus cash.
He was charged with Federal violations of Title 18 § 471 (Counterfeiting); and Title 18 § 472 (Uttering counterfeited Federal Reserve Note). A Search Warrant was executed on his residence this morning. Items used in the production of counterfeiting US currency were seized.
This was the result of a joint investigation between CCPD and the USSS. Rillera has been passing fake bills at area businesses for the past few months.
In a separate case, Cape Coral Police arrested Bryant D. Lipps last night on charges of possession of 10 or more counterfeit bills, outstanding arrest warrants and driving while license suspended.
Officers pulled over Lipps last night for a traffic violation and discovered an outstanding warrant. A subsequent search revealed that Lipps was in possession of the phony cash. Detectives were called and Lipps was questioned further. He confessed to his counterfeit operation and search warrant was served on his home. Detectives recovered counterfeit bills as well as computer equipment used to produce it.
If any local businesses suspect that they've received counterfeit bills, they are encouraged to contact the Cape Coral Police Department.
"Our partnership with the US Secret Service has netted some major arrests this year, from the auto-insurance fraud investigation (Operation Whiplash) to this counterfeiting operation. It has also led to advanced training for our officers on the street which enabled them to recognize the counterfeit bills and turn a traffic stop into a major case"- Captain David Newlan (Captain of the Cape Coral Police Department's Detective Bureau).
Bryant D. Lipps 09/13/83
4623 SW 17th Avenue
Cape Coral, FL
PHOTO NOT AVAILABLE
Jerome Raymond Rillera 03/16/53
1925 SW Santa Barbara Place
Cape Coral, FL 33991