Pair Arrested With Thousands in Fake Money


On 3-4-19 Miami Police Detectives served a search warrant on a room at the Hampton Inn Hotel in Miami.

The search warrant was in conjunction with an ongoing investigation of counterfeit money in the area. Officers made contact and Arrested Scott Lowe, and Joan Smith in the room. Lowe and Smith were in possession of over $3000 dollars’ worth of counterfeit $50 bills. They also had the equipment to run and print the money in the hotel room. 

Officers also located numerous new consumer goods that were recently purchased by the pair. While conducting the investigation it was learned that Lowe and Smith have printed and spent approx. $30,000 dollars in counterfeit money over the past month. They have traveled to the states of Missouri, Texas, Arkansas Oklahoma and Kansas.

They had reportedly spent over $4000 in fake money in Springfield Mo over the weekend of March 2-3. Lowe and Smith both had had outstanding warrants from other jurisdictions and are being held in the Ottawa County Jail. In addition to the counterfeit money charges, there are pending drug charges as well.

The investigation is still ongoing, and the U.S. secret service has been contacted about the case. Anyone with information or any jurisdiction with outstanding counterfeit bill charges are encouraged to contact Detective David Wright at the Miami Police Dept.

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