Four arrested in Auburn on suspicion of trying to pass bogus bills

By: Journal Staff
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AUBURN CA - Auburn Police have arrested four Bay area residents after an attempt to dupe a local business into accepting fake currency.

The suspects – three men and a woman – were arrested after officers responded to a report that two men were trying to pass false U.S. currency in a local business.

Auburn Police officers located Kenneth Hillery, 42, of Antioch, in the Auburn Town Center parking lot on Elm Avenue on Saturday and arrested him on burglary and forgery charges, Sgt. Rick Hardesty said.

Mariah Ortiz, 21, Richard Bridges, 19, both of Antioch, were arrested on conspiracy charges after being located in Hillery’s vehicle.

According to the police report, fake currency was found inside Hillary’s vehicle.

The fourth suspect – 21-year-old Pernell Hill of Pittsburg – was arrested at a business near Highway 49 and Interstate 80 after it was determined that he was the second subject wanted from the initial report, Hardesty said. Hill was also arrested on burglary and forgery charges.