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Four Georgia residents have been arrested and charged with passing a number of counterfeit $100 bills in the area in what appears to be an activity that has stretched from a number of places in Kentucky and in other states.
Elizabethtown police said the accused would buy items using counterfeit $100 bills and then return the items to receive legal currency. When the vehicle the three men and one woman were in was stopped Wednesday, $4,200 in counterfeit $100 bills was found, police said.
EPD responded to Wal-Mart on a "suspicious persons'' call around noon. The suspects were stopped by police leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot in a 2014 black Ford Explorer. A search warrant was issued and executed and police discovered the counterfeit money.
Arrested were Sharaka Y. Robinson, 33, of Cartersville, Ga., who was driving the vehicle, and passengers, Corey M. Snelson, 34, of East Point, Ga., Charles A. Ellis, 46, of Decatur, Ga., and Abdul J. Ali, 31, of Atlanta, Ga.
All four are lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center, charged with engaging in organized crime (criminal syndicate) and first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument (identity). Ellis also is charged with tampering with physical evidence.
Ali, Ellis and Snelson are being held on $100,000 full cash bonds, while Robinson's bond is set at $100,000 partially secured.
All four will appear at 9 a.m. Monday in Hardin District Court.
If found guilty, each could face up to 20 years in prison.
Jeff D'Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757