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Five Lodi residents face federal charges in $500,000 counterfeiting ring

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Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2009 10:00 pm

An Army National Guard member was among five Lodi residents arrested Thursday in connection with a counterfeit ring that passed nearly $500,000 in fake bills.


Joseph DeAnda

The fraudulent $100 bills have been found in Iraq, where suspect Joseph DeAnda was deployed, as well as Lodi, Jackson, Mexico and several states, Lodi Police Detective Eric Bradley said. Investigators suspect much of the fake money was moved through casinos for real cash.

All five suspects had been arrested last summer, but the case was delayed once investigators realized how much money was involved and the Secret Service decided to take over. Bradley said an agent told him that "it's probably one of the largest counterfeit operations that the Valley has seen in a long time."

Federal prosecutors took the case to a grand jury, which handed down indictments on Feb. 5. Lodi police and the Secret Service arrested four of the five suspects Thursday; the fifth suspect is already in state prison on unrelated matters.


Tami DeAnda

Arrested were DeAnda, 46; his wife, Tami Kishi DeAnda, 41; Shelie Louise Radotic, 30; and Holly Armada Haworth, 29.

They were arraigned Thursday in federal court and all are being held without bail in the Sacramento County Jail.

The fifth suspect, Clinton Earl Irons, 32, has previous forgery and drug-related cases.


Holly Haworth

Another woman who had been arrested in July was not indicted in the current case. She previously told the News-Sentinel that she tore up a counterfeit $100 bill once she learned it was fake.

The five current suspects are all charged with conspiracy, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the indictment filed in U.S. Eastern District Court. They also face other charges ranging from counterfeiting to passing fake bills, charges that can carry up to 20 years in prison.

Most of the money was made by turning $5 bills into $100 bills, police said.

The indictment alleges that the counterfeiting began Jan. 7, 2004, and continued through July 15, 2008, the day of the initial arrests.


Clinton Irons

The case came to light in early July, when a man tried to pass a fake $100 bill at Lowe's in Lodi, Detective Sgt. Tod Patterson said in July. The transaction was captured on surveillance video, and police recognized the suspect as Irons, whom they knew was wanted on warrants.

That led to a search warrant at a Scottsdale Road home, where police found fake bills, along with computers containing counterfeiting software, Patterson said at the time.

Detective Nick Sareeram continued investigating, and the total of fake bills began to add up.

Bills were found in Jackson, and police suspect some of the money was being moved through the casino there, Bradley said. He noted that most of the suspects didn't have jobs, but that they had gambling cards in their possession.


Shelie Radotic

Once the Secret Service got involved, agents looked beyond state lines, and found bills in other states and Mexico, Bradley said.

Joseph DeAnda, a nine-year military veteran, returned from Iraq in June with the rank of specialist, so agents looked overseas - where they found several fake bills, Bradley said.

The final total of fraudulent money is not known. Bradley noted that fake bills sometimes make it past store clerks and even bank tellers, until unsuspecting customers learn they are holding worthless pieces of paper.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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36 comments:

  • posted at 9:13 am on Sat, Feb 21, 2009.

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    good job lodi pd to bad you guys forgot get aron badoll he was nee deepwith passing fake bill out therein jackson

     
  • posted at 3:11 pm on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.

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    Your sibling needs you more than I do. I have a job, education and morals. Sorry you think I am so negative but it is the truth. I can't make excuses for Joey or his behavior. Think of all the innocent that have been hurt and victimized for their selfishness. Best of luck to you and your family. I too will pray for all of them.

     
  • posted at 1:22 pm on Thu, Feb 19, 2009.

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    Wow...notfromlodi... you are so negative. I will definitely pray for you too. It is not about co-dependency or denial, it's about faith in God. If these people never change then their blood is on their hands. My family and I are not worried about my sister... we put her in His hands.

     
  • posted at 10:16 am on Wed, Feb 18, 2009.

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    irrepressible...if you are the sister of my friend, want you to know that I am praying for your sister as well as your family

     
  • posted at 1:02 am on Wed, Feb 18, 2009.

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    irrepressable, sounds like you need some help with co-dependency or you are in denial. While I believe people can change, they have to want to change, in prison or not. At this age, the odds are likely against them. Look at all the damage done from their selfish and criminal ways. Not very Christian if you ask me. As for bailing them out, that is what I would like to know. What idiot is condoning this behavior????and again, where are their kids?????This is ridiculous.

     
  • posted at 5:03 pm on Tue, Feb 17, 2009.

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    This is the same group...what are they doing out anyway?? This has been going on for the last couple of years!!

     
  • posted at 4:45 am on Tue, Feb 17, 2009.

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    Instead of making phoney money, now they will be making license plates. OOps, this is a federal crime, license plate craftsmen are state. Maybe they will become financial advisers for Obama's administration.

     
  • posted at 6:50 am on Sun, Feb 15, 2009.

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    In regards to NOTFROMLODI's comment. I do agree that they are old enough to know better. What I mean is that NO ONE is ever too old for prayer or for God in their life.

     
  • posted at 6:47 am on Sun, Feb 15, 2009.

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    Nope, HAHAHA, this is not the other twin. I do agree with you that the twin should not get away this either. Both need to be locked up.

     
  • posted at 1:39 am on Sun, Feb 15, 2009.

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    Joe,Joe,Joe.I guess you will never learn. Your life got worse when you met Tami! She may have the name but she will NEVER be a DeAnda!! I feel bad for your family and children. As for the person saying they are related. You say they need help. They are old enough to know better. Look who's raising their kids! This is a total embarrassment. If you knew the DeAnda's and I mean the real family, not the few Lodi druggies or the one's married into the family, You would know that this family does not approve of this or any type of criminal behavior! What goes around, comes around. You all get what you deserve. Shame on all of you! YOU, Can only help yourselves, the system is not going to help you!

     
  • posted at 10:59 am on Sat, Feb 14, 2009.

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    irrepressible , IF YOU ARE RELATED YOU MUST BE THE OTHER TWIN........UM SO HOW DID IT MAKE YOU FEEL THAT YOU NOT ONLY EMBARRESD YOUR PARENTS, BUT YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY..YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN ARRESTED TOO, BECAUSE YOU KNEW ABOUT IT AND DID NOTHING AT THE TIME!

     
  • posted at 9:24 am on Sat, Feb 14, 2009.

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    I am related to one of the 5 individuals involved in this distrubing case. It is crushing to even fathom the thought that this was occurring... or even the extent of the case. We were not raised in a home that would tolerate such behavior. I'm sure that the others did not think they would get caught but justice will be served. I will continue to pray for my sister and her well-being. I've read the idiotic comments and I can understand their frustration but when it hits so close to home...well, you know how it must feel. If all 5 get prison time for this I pray that this will turn their lives around.

     
  • posted at 8:06 am on Sat, Feb 14, 2009.

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    While I don't condone what these people have done, this article lumps all of these people together and I am sure (being a friend of one of them) that there are different degrees of involvement in this case. That is not to say that what any of them has done is right but this kind of reporting is irresponsible. If they are going to report this kind of thing lets get it right. While I know that many will argue a different point of view (which is fine), I believe that the person I know, that is involved here, is not the person she is being presented as here.

     
  • posted at 4:44 pm on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    weird stuff i met the couple they lived on the end of my street!! i was joggin in the country and they drove up to me and thought i stole from them...lil paranoid!! they acted weird always seemed to have diffrent cars!!

     
  • posted at 4:24 pm on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    Whoa Nellie: Stand Up Good Guy? Has he ever had a job? I am much younger, but that whole generation has been dealing dope since the mud 80's.Enjoy jail!

     
  • posted at 3:01 pm on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    Nellie, maybe it's the bank your money is in? What's in your wallet?

     
  • posted at 12:35 pm on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    Wow! My brother dated Holly and from the moment I met her I knew she was a "LOOSER". I sure am glad he dropped her like a bad habbit! All I can say Is I hope she gets what she deserves, not only is she a drug addict and a counterfeit, she is a thief! Way to go LPD!!!! Now if we can only do something about the "meth" problem in Lodi! I sure am glad I got out of that state!!!

     
  • posted at 10:51 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    There you go again LOADEYE.More smears and innuendo's suggesting that city hall has embezzled money and is running it through a Lodi (local?) bank.Unless you've got proof to take to the Grand Jury stop you blatant talking and cranial rectalitis.It is old and predictable.

     
  • posted at 9:34 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    Good links, wtf. I wonder which bank in Lodi launders the "dirty" money of the good ol' boys? How else could that money just disappear that is missing from different accounts at city hall?

     
  • posted at 8:46 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    This will probably get the usual trolls to come crawling out from under their rocks; but it's worth taking an objective look at without a knee-jerk reaction.http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/02/09/MN2D15J4HD.DTLThe following from "Give Obama a Chance"I am smart enough to know that the fatal flaw in the debt-based Federal Reserve System is that the moment it went into operation more money is owed than is actually in existence.I am smart enough to know that when the Federal Reserve cannot find more and more people to pledge themselves to a loan in order to create new money that the pyramid will collapse as it collapsing now.I am smart enough to realize that each new bailout thus creates more interest debt, meaning that We The People owe the federal Reserve even more money that does not actually exist.http://www.heyokamagazine.com/heyoka_magazine.26.mikerivero.htm

     
  • posted at 8:27 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    danielH, the Fed uses the debt to create "money" out of thin air."Its not surprising that arguments against the Fed are finally resonating. Since the crisis began in 2007, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke has engaged in all manner of emergency activity, much of it unprecedented and of such dubious legality that even some of those who may reject or be unfamiliar with arguments against the Fed have begun to wonder about the unaccountable power this institution wields over the economy."http://www.amconmag.com/article/2009/feb/09/00016/

     
  • posted at 8:10 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    These people were in the news last summer, too. They're probably going to see lots of prison time after all this.

     
  • posted at 8:07 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    I know this, danielH....the whole 'financial' picture is a fricking joke! LOL!Came across the following article and the quote below it is priceless!US banks under pressure from forensic hit-teamshttp://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/feb/12/us-bank-bailoutThis is going to make Enron look like a high school math error.

     
  • posted at 7:58 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    wtf: There is no money. They didn't create money. They merely generated more debt.

     
  • posted at 7:47 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    If these 5 people only knew that they only needed a color printer or rubber stamp, and an ink pen for their signature, to create money.

     
  • posted at 7:35 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    Text of H.R. 833:http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-833

     
  • posted at 7:33 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    Speaking of "funny money".....it's time to end the Fed! LOL!http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-833And bring back **real** money that has worth!http://news.goldseek.com/GoldSeek/1234543800.php

     
  • posted at 5:55 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    JD wrote: "Hmm. They paid off their debts by just printing more money? Sounds like these guys have a promising future in the Obama administration."LOL! I was thinking at the Federal Reserve. ;) Layla's article ends: "...until unsuspecting customers learn they are holding worthless pieces of paper."This gave me a chuckle...if Bernanke keeps those printing presses running the way he is; ALL of our "dollars" will be worthless pieces of paper.I wonder if, now they've caught these guys, they'll find out whatever happened to that $2.3 trillion that went missing from the Pentagon on September 10, 2001. http://benfrank.net/patriots/news/national/pentagon_missing_trillions

     
  • posted at 5:44 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    HAHA- are you sure about it being the twin? i hope not. I knew their older brother since Reese Elem and see him around town occasionally, and he is a stand-up good guy.

     
  • posted at 5:30 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    Hmm. They paid off their debts by just printing more money?Sounds like these guys have a promising future in the Obama administration.

     
  • posted at 4:47 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    THATS SO LAME, AT THIS AGE THEY ACTED WORSE THAN 5 YR OLDS AND WHAT ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN DID THEY TEACH THEM HOW TO COUNTERFIET BEFORE THEY GOT CAUGHT? IF SO I HOPE THEY ARE SAFE AND WILL NEVER EVER BE PUT BACK IN THEIR CARE.

     
  • posted at 4:44 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    YOU KNOW THE FIFTH PERSON ALSO HAD TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED KNOWINGLY, SINCE THEY LIVED TOGETHER AND ARE TWINS, ONE MUST BE TAKING THE RAP FOR THE OTHER! SO WHATS UP WITH LETTING THE FIFTH ONE GO FREE?

     
  • posted at 2:39 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    Edumacation, now perhaps that Sacramento field office for the FBI will use those extra 60 agents they hired for the estate, development, loan and foreclosure problem in Stockton-Lodi will now concentrate on these corrupted scammers in Lodi who are the cause of the collapse here all by themselves, with their high appraisals and ghost loans to approve their clients for loans they couldn't qualify for and using trickery with their signing of the contract documents. NNow those $350,000+ eastside estates are being sold, according to the SJ County statistics in the Stockton Record in every Sumdays' paper, for $90,000-$120,000K. You cn drive around the eastside, if you're brave, and see who the main players are just by looking at the for sale signs out front.

     
  • posted at 1:39 am on Fri, Feb 13, 2009.

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    lodiJoe- I agree, they sound like Mortgage brokers or Realtors. Take take take and whine.

     
  • posted at 11:14 pm on Thu, Feb 12, 2009.

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    It never ceases to amaze me what lengths people will go to get something for nothing. If they put that much effort in a legitimate career, they probably would make money the old fashioned way, EARNING it.

     
  • posted at 9:16 pm on Thu, Feb 12, 2009.

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    I wonder if they will be allowed to pay for their bail in cash? If so, I hope someone checks the money first!

     

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