Mexico, Maine, sees influx of counterfeit bills

By Lewiston Sun Journal,
Posted Jan. 19, 2011, at 12:24 p.m.

MEXICO, Maine — Counterfeit $20 bills that surfaced at Mexico businesses in the past week have the same serial numbers as those linked to a Mexico man last November, police said.

Mexico Police Department Sgt. Roy Hodsdon, who has been heading the investigation, arrested Jon Andrews, 36, of Main Street, on felony charges of forgery and trafficking in cocaine after receiving tips that counterfeit $10 and $20 bills were being circulated from Andrews’ apartment last November. Andrews remains in Androscoggin County Jail awaiting a Feb. 18 Superior Court appearance.

Hodsdon said he believes the two recent incidents of counterfeiting are related because the $20 bills have the same serial number as those that were circulated in November. He said two were reported to police on Jan. 14 from the Mexico Food Trend. Another three were turned in to the Police Department on Jan. 12.

In other police news:

–A Sun Valley Circle woman reported at 5:38 p.m. Jan. 15 that someone earlier in the day had stolen several video games, compact discs and pieces of jewelry, with a total value of $300.

Accidents

A vehicle driven by Jesse L. Merrill, 25, of 710 Prospect Ave., Rumford, struck a parked vehicle owned by Julian F. Lallier, 21, of 688 Prospect St., Rumford, at 8:39 p.m. Jan. 13 on Prospect Avenue. Merrill’s 1999 Chevolet four-door sedan sustained $1,500 damage. Lallier’s 1993 Mazda four-door sedan sustained $1,200 damage.

A vehicle driven by Erik J. Mawhinney, 26, of Whitman Street, Mexico, hit a tree at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 14 on the Backkingdom Road. Mawhinney’s 2001 Dodge pickup truck sustained $3,500 damage.

A vehicle driven by Michelle Wallen, 35, of Prospect Avenue, Rumford, rolled over and landed on its side at 8:18 a.m. Jan. 16 on River Road. Wallen was taken to Rumford Hospital where she was treated and released. Her 2001 Ford pickup truck sustained $8,000 damage.

Vehicles driven by Thomas D. Bradeen, 32, of Essex Avenue, Rumford, and Kayla M. Staires, 26, of Roxbury Road, Mexico, collided at 12:33 p.m. Jan. 17 on the Roxbury Road. Bradeen’s 1994 Ford sports utility vehicle sustained $3,000 damage. Staires’ 2006 Nissan four-door sedan sustained $3,000 damage.

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