Police find $430K counterfeit cash in Amite home where woman allegedly murdered brother
POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 8:29pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:36am
AMITE, LA (NBC33) — The people living in one Amite neighborhood are still trying to get over the shock of investigators finding more than $430,000 in counterfeit cash at home where a woman allegedly murdered her brother.
"Wow, in our neighborhood I can't believe it,” Robert Jackson, who lives near the crime scene, said.
Police don't think the murder and the fake money are connected, but people living nearby say the fake bills are the buzz of the neighborhood.
"That's a whole lot of money for this one little neighborhood," Fallon Solomon, who lives in Amite, said.
"Specially in that house not right there. I don't ever hardly see them people come outside," Jackson described.
Police found some counterfeit cash last Wednesday. It was inside a home in the 100 block of South Second Street. The same place where police where say 63-year-old Daryl Lynn Hill allegedly shot and killed her brother.
"So, we're looking for the pistol we go in the house looking for the pistol,” Police Chief Jerry Trabona, Amite Police Department, said. “They open the trash bag, and there is $231,000 in counterfeit money. "
It was a big surprise for officers.
"I looked at it, and I thought oh my goodness lookie here," Chief Trabona said. “Then I looked at it. You could see some of it was pale.”
Monday, Chief Trabona asked the Secret Service to help them with the case. When investigators went back in the home they found more fake money.
“We found about $200,000 more still in the house. They had some printers,” Chief Trabona said.
The chief said the bills looked bad. The fake bills probably wouldn't pass at a grocery store.
"At a night club when the lights are dim and such as that I think you could pass the bills off," Trabona described.
When people living near the home found out about the counterfeit money they had some questions.
"Where'd they get all that time to make all that money," Jamika Solomon, who lives near the home where the money was found, said.
The house where the money ways found sits in an area where neighbors say is pretty quiet.
"It's like quiet especially around here. Just quiet people going to church people going to work stuff like that. "
“It's shocking ‘cuz’ it's a whole lot of money,” Fallon Solomon, said. “It should have been real instead of fake. “
Police say the Secret Service took the money with them to run fingerprinting.
Police say they have a person of interest in this case. So far, no arrests have been made.