Suspect arrested for counterfeit money in Bakersfield

Woman was identified in surveillence video


A woman was arrested for using counterfeit money at a Rosedale Highway store, after an anonymous tipper identified her in a video surveillance.

On Dec. 29, 2012, at about 3 p.m., Kern County Sheriff’s deputies went to Spoiled Rotten Boutique regarding counterfeit currency.

Deputies said an employee of the store reported that a female customer had made a purchase at the store with a $100 dollar bill and then left. Bianco later inspected the bill and realized it was a counterfeit. 

While at the store, deputies were able to view video surveillance of the suspect making the purchase. Deputies seized a copy of the video surveillance as well as the counterfeit $100 bill as evidence.

On Jan. 7, detectives received information from a anonymous tipper who had seen the video surveillance of the suspect making the purchase with the counterfeit currency on the news. The tipper identified the suspect as 51-year-old Cheron Willis and provided an address for her.

On Jan. 8, detectives contacted Bianco who was able to positively identify Willis as the suspect who had made the purchase.

On Jan. 14, detectives found Willis at her house on East Brundage Ln.

Willis was arrested for passing fictitious currency and possession of drug paraphernalia and booked into the Kern County Jail.

Detectives are investigating additional cases possibly involving Willis passing counterfeit currency.

If anybody has information on this case they are asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.

Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword “KCSO” prior to the message.

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