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Arroyo Grande police arrest Oceano man accused in counterfeiting operation

Richard Joe Hanson, 33, was booked into County Jail on suspicion of counterfeiting, possessing or receiving counterfeit bills or notes and forgery, according to the Arroyo Grande Police Department.
Richard Joe Hanson, 33, was booked into County Jail on suspicion of counterfeiting, possessing or receiving counterfeit bills or notes and forgery, according to the Arroyo Grande Police Department. Photo courtesy of the San Luis Obispo County Jail

Police arrested an Oceano man at his home after an investigation that began with the discovery of counterfeit currency at a local Walmart store, according to the Arroyo Grande Police Department.

Richard Joe Hanson, 33, was booked into County Jail on suspicion of counterfeiting, possessing or receiving counterfeit bills or notes and forgery, police announced on Friday night.

Police allege that on Jan. 23, Hanson tried to buy a gift card at the Arroyo Grande Walmart using counterfeit money.Investigators found two other suspects — a man and a woman from Oceano — who were also involved.

Because Hanson is on felony probation, police said, they did a probation compliance check at his home. There, investigators said they found a computer and printer and a bundle of apparent counterfeit currency.

After obtaining a search warrant for a deeper look with the help of the U.S. Secret Service, police officers and federal agents found more apparent bogus currency, as well as a scanner and copier, high-quality paper, stencils and templates, counterfeit business checks, stolen mail and drug paraphernalia, according to police.

Police are not identifying the other suspects because they are still investigating their possible role in the operation and determining whether to file charges against them.

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