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Couple arrested after allegedly passing counterfeit bills in Pismo Beach

Erik Richard Erickson, 40, of San Diego was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, on suspicion of burglary, possessing and manufacturing counterfeit currency, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and criminal conspiracy. Original story »
Erik Richard Erickson, 40, of San Diego was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, on suspicion of burglary, possessing and manufacturing counterfeit currency, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and criminal conspiracy. Original story »

Two San Diego residents were arrested Tuesday after allegedly paying for goods with counterfeit money at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets.

Around 5:30 p.m., the Pismo Beach Police Department received a report of two people attempting to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at one of the businesses.

Police used a description of the suspects and their vehicle to locate and arrest Erik Richard Erickson, 40, and Corey Anne Browning, 34, in downtown Pismo Beach.

Several hundred dollars in counterfeit currency was seized, police said.

The investigation revealed that the suspects were able to pass or attempted to pass counterfeit $100s and $20s at several locations, police said.

Erickson and Browning were arrested on suspicion of burglary, possessing and manufacturing counterfeit currency, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and criminal conspiracy.

Both are in San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $20,000, police said.

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