A person staying in Brookings has been arrested in connection with passing counterfeit $20 bills at businesses in Brookings and Volga during the past several weeks, the Brookings Police Department announced today (Nov. 23).
Detective Adam Smith said the Brookings Police Department, with help from observant citizens, was able to identify the suspect as 27-year-old Julian Huffman, who was staying in the 400 block of 15th Street South.
On Monday, Nov. 21, Huffman was seen leaving the residence and fled on foot when approached by officers. He was arrested a short time later and was in possession of methamphetamine and an altered check. The U.S. Secret Service was contacted and assisted with the investigation. A search warrant was executed at the residence and counterfeit money and manufacturing supplies were located. During an interview, Huffman admitted to counterfeiting and passing approximately 30 of the $20 bills in Brookings and Volga.
Smith said Huffman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of an altered check, and an outstanding federal arrest warrant for a federal probation violation for an accessory to bank robbery in Nebraska. The Secret Service will present the case to the U.S. Attorney’s office for federal charges of making and passing counterfeit bills. Thus far officers have recovered 28 counterfeit $20 bills.