HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff's Office said they caught an accused counterfeiter red-handed while conducting a welfare check at the suspect's home.
Sheriff's deputies told WHNT News 19 they made the surprise discovery at a mobile home in the 100 block of Cavalier Drive in Moores Mill Tuesday evening. 26-year-old Nicolas Duff was taken into custody shortly after deputies arrived.
Madison County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Brian Chaffin said deputies were responding to a call from neighbors, who noticed that the trailer's front door had been left wide open for several hours.
"We responded, knocked on the door, two subjects in the residence ran to the back of the residence and attempted to flee," said Chaffin. "Deputies looked over in plain view and saw what they believed to be counterfeit money in a trash can."
Duff faces a laundry list of charges that include first-degree forgery and possession of a forgery device. Investigators told us Duff used a basic photocopy machine to produce the counterfeit bills, but said it's too early to tell if any of the fake bills were successfully passed off at local businesses.
"This is very low-level in our eyes, but it is still serious enough to cost business owners money out of their own pocket," said Chaffin. "We will catch you. You may get away with it some, but eventually it's going to catch up to you."
Duff's bond was set at $56,000. The other man who was inside the trailer at the time was questioned and released after investigators found no evidence of his involvement.