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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2008 10:00 pm

The next time you get a $100 bill, you might want to double-check and make sure it is not actually a $5 bill.

Lodi police have arrested several people in connection with a counterfeiting ring, but they are not sure how many fake bills had been passed before the arrests.

What they do know, Lodi Police Sgt. Tod Patterson said Monday, is that the bills looked good enough that local merchants accepted them as $100. Now the U.S. Secret Service is involved.

The case began to unravel last week when a man tried to use such a bill at Lowe's in Lodi, Patterson said. The entire transaction was captured on surveillance video, which the store turned over to police, along with the fake bill.

Detectives viewed the video and recognized the suspect as a man who has other forgery and drug warrants, Patterson said.

That was enough for detectives to get a search warrant, which they served Thursday in the 3500 block of Scottsdale Road in south Lodi. There they arrested Shelie Radotic, 29, and Tracy Lutz, 41, and suspicion of 20 counts each of making a fictitious bill, Patterson said.

Both women allegedly had fake $100 bills on them, Patterson said.

The bills looked real, he said, but a security stripe inserted into the bill read "USA FIVE" when held up to a light. The bill also had a slight smudge when looked at closely.

Police found computers with counterfeit software, Patterson said.

Officers arrested a third woman, Tami Deanda, 41, in north Lodi on suspicion of forgery and possessing methamphetamine for sale, the detective said.

They are still looking for the man police say appeared on the surveillance video. Patterson identified him as Clinton Irons, 32, and said a female friend of his, Holly Hayworth, 28, is also being sought.

Most of the suspects lived at the Scottsdale Road home and Radotic, a shipping and receiving clerk, was the only one with a job, according to police.

Lodi police notified the U.S. Secret Service, which investigates some counterfeit cases, and investigators from that agency are now involved.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 11:18 am on Sat, Jul 26, 2008.


    Why are they released???? They ALL need to do the time...they've been in and out of trouble for the last 10yrs. OR longer!!!!!! Clean up Lodi

  • posted at 9:32 am on Fri, Jul 25, 2008.


    ctygirl08: I am also a De Anda =] Im getting a bit irritated with this whole situation. The De Anda family is extreamly disappointed and somewhat confused as to why everyone being arrested, released, arrested & released again. Also, because the Secret Service is charge of this, they are also taking in a questioning innocent people. People that have no clue as to what even is/or was going on. Being questioned and followed only for the fact that they know or are aqaintences of Kishi twins. That's embarassing! There is a lot more to this story now. I do think that things are only getting worse. Some really stupid actions have been taken by some of the idividuals involed and it's only digging them into a deeper hole. I have never been one to judge but that doesn't mean that I have always agreed with some of the choices "some" of the De Anda's have made. I am one of the people that has to suffer and worry about if everyone is ok and what just happened. I think that EVERYONE involved needs help, get off the drugs FOR GOOD & take care other their priorities... Their Children!!!

  • posted at 7:12 am on Fri, Jul 25, 2008.


    Thank you beautiful_disaster. I am a DeAnda not from Lodi and let's just say,"I heard it through the grapevine" Tami is an embarassment to the DeAnda family.She will always be a Kishi. Tami at 41 years old needs to put as much energy into parenting as her criminal thinking (convicted or not). This is another example of those like impartial making excuses for those who take no responsibility for their actions. I feel sorry for the children involved, they are being raised by others that are not their parents. You play you pay, you all got caught. How Pathetic.

  • posted at 1:06 pm on Tue, Jul 22, 2008.


    educated reader, thanks. I agree with you 100%.What happens if you get a counterfeit bill? Are you S.O.of.L? I don't think the bank will let you trade it in for a good one will they? I guess the only alternative to losing the denomination of the bill is to pass it.

  • posted at 11:02 am on Tue, Jul 22, 2008.


    SportsGuru: If you claim that there are no anti-immigration bloggers here then you, apparently, do not follow the consistent threads. Most who are "anti" wish that no one be allowed to enter the US. They have clearly made their opinions known, specifically that we should close our borders and that "all" the ills that plague the US are due to immigration, legal, illegal or otherwise. Open your eyes!

  • posted at 5:52 pm on Sun, Jul 20, 2008.


    SportsGuru, some people are just too dumb to be able to differentiate between new citizens and criminals.

  • posted at 5:23 am on Sun, Jul 20, 2008.


    .TO EDUCATED READER, who wrote..where are our anti-immigration bloggers on this one?There are few, if NO, anti-immigration bloggers here.There ARE a lot of anti-ILLEGAL-immigration bloggers.An "educated reader" would know the difference between the two.

  • posted at 4:55 am on Sun, Jul 20, 2008.


    Great job LPD!But where are our anti-immigration bloggers on this one? Oh, I forgot, none of the names of those arrested were Hispanic!

  • posted at 2:17 pm on Fri, Jul 18, 2008.


    Know what's interesting? The Stockton Record has totally ignored this story. Channel 13 covered it, the LNS covered it, and even the Amador Ledger-Dispatch covered it.Weird.I prefer the LNS for local news anyway,though.

  • posted at 9:00 am on Fri, Jul 18, 2008.


    Maybe we should take ALL of the drug dealers and put them out in the desert,so they can hang with their buddies,give them a tent and a port-a-potty

  • posted at 6:23 pm on Thu, Jul 17, 2008.


    You don't have to go to Idaho to find a town swimming in meth, you're living in one.

  • posted at 11:52 am on Wed, Jul 16, 2008.


    Kayaker all you said is true except the part about ratting, those people will turn on each other on the drop of a dime and thats what will bring the others in.The story said they had a guy on video so how did a video take them 2 scottsdale Rd impartial? Cuz they been busted b4 and probley being watched

  • posted at 8:02 am on Wed, Jul 16, 2008.


    Are you kidding Impartial? you are obviously a friend of the twins! Those 2 have been on drugs for yrs, neither even has custody of their children because they have been so messed up! everyone who has known them knows the life they lead. finally maybe they will get some help, or at least pay for their crimes. fyi: they have been caught before forging checks. how sad for their kids.

  • posted at 5:07 am on Wed, Jul 16, 2008.


    Hats off to the Lodi PD for getting these criminals out of our community and getting the U.S. Secret Service involved in this matter. Way to clean up Lodi!

  • posted at 7:25 pm on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Unfortunately i have known people described in the article, and the sad truth is that the accused are probably very capable of these acts and most likely they are involved in much worse. In addition there are probably more people invloved but you know how they wont rat out eachother... i bet there are still some losers in hiding.

  • posted at 3:28 pm on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Does everyone always believe what the paper says? I think its funny how twisted the story has gotten. Its just another way to get everyone in Lodi all hyped up. Its like that game back in the day "Telephone". Why does the truth matter anyways? So that it will gave everyone a little more to gossip about? I dont feel bad for any of the one bit but I do feel bad for the relatives that carry the last name De Anda & Lutz.

  • posted at 1:43 pm on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    yes Patterson was quoted saying that but they were charged and book as I stated before with one count of pc476 uttering a check. Until info has been updated at the county jail web site or unless someone was there at court today and heard their formal charges read by a judge no one will know the truth. If you were there today and heard the judge read please update us to the truth.

  • posted at 12:46 pm on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    "There they arrested Shelie Radotic, 29, and Tracy Lutz, 41, and suspicion of 20 counts each of making a fictitious bill, Patterson said."! Sounds pretty guilty to me! Hey, this $100.00 bill in my wallet looks fake, CRAP!

  • posted at 11:40 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Evil is just a nickname I've heard them called b4 and as 4 crossing them Nah never did that either. But any1 that knows them wouldnt put any of this past them. All I could say is good luck on getting out of this 1.

  • posted at 11:20 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Just so everyone can get the up-to-date info and see for themselves you can go to the following link and look up anyone who has been arrested and booked/transferred to county jail and see what they are being charged with along with bail amounts and court dates. If you look at Tami as of the moment there are no charges probably because she had court today and her details have not been updated yet. Unfortunately Lodi PD is still behind the times and you can not access inmate or arrest info via the web you would have to call them or a bail bondsman to get this info. Check it out get the facts.

  • posted at 11:03 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Flamez fan read the story again there is more than two people in the article you must have crossed them,(as I suggested earlier is not a wise thing to do)it seems to me you are angry at them for some reason. Facts as to their past records as far as I know Tracy has no record and for Tami this would be the first forgery, yes she has made the wrong choices in the past and has possession charges not sells on her record. So no they have not been popped 4 this before. You are the one who needs to take a look into their records, again knowing the truth before one speaks is best, never assume or come to our own conclusion without knowing the facts is not wise, just makes you look dumb, angry and/or vengeful.

  • posted at 10:44 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    I agree with (impartialinlodi) cant always beleive what you read or hear. Innocent until proven guilty is correct.to bad people seem to forget that and like to jump to conclusions. This is Lodi for ya!

  • posted at 10:43 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    LoL like this is the 1st time either of them have been popped 4 any of these charges. Look n2 there past records

  • posted at 10:26 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    We will find out their formal charges today after their arraignment. According to the inmate details until about 2 hours ago they all three where charged with pc476 uttering a check. For those of you who don't know what utter is here's the definition utter: to put (as currency) into circulation; specifically : to circulate (as a counterfeit note) as if legal or genuine How they were charged with this I'm not sure since according to the article someone else was on video not the "Kishi twins". Are they taking the fall? I'm not saying they are innocent, they are not Evil,(personally they were/are very caring and nice and are will to help someone beyond their means) just don't cross them. What I am saying is that I don't think all the facts are here in this small article that there is more to the story than what was told and that I nor anyone should jump to conclusions or assume(we all know what assume really means right)that we know the truth until the truth has been told(in court).We all need to remember that there is another side to the story untold.

  • posted at 9:41 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Have we all forgot "innocent untill proven guilty"? Read the story again it wasn't just the Kishi twins there are others involved, like the one caught on video pass the fake bills, Tami is held on suspicion of forgery and meth, who knows how much that is not stated it could be for personal use(even though that is illegal) Lodi PD will charge someone with intent to sell with a minor amount found on a person then later drop it to possession. Tracy & Shellie had in their possession counterfeit bills how does everyone know they made them? Read again and you wills read there is yet another involved whom in the past has a record of forgery. By the way Lutz and De Anda are their legal and married names why should they use their maiden names of Kishi? According to the article the Lodi PD arrested Tami in north Lodi not at Scottsdale Road, the article lacks to state if counterfeit money was found on her or is it just suspicion of? According to the arrest log and inmate details for all three they are charged with uttering a check, not manufacturing. Truth?

  • posted at 8:17 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    By no meanz have these girlz had the easy road cuz by the looks of them both they look like alot ROUGH ROAD if ya know what I mean.. There EVIL..To bad the Kishi twins have to use the names Lutz and Deanda

  • posted at 7:43 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Another band of "geniuses". Maybe they can really hone their counterfeiting skills in prison. There is no end to people trying to take the easy road to life at the expense of honest people. By the way, anyone know where I can buy a dollars worth of $5's?

  • posted at 7:22 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    There's nothing more embarassing then a crook who isn't a good crook!

  • posted at 4:52 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Gee, I can't remember the last time I had a $100 bill. I'm in the same boat as M2CW.

  • posted at 3:18 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Bad girls, Bad girls whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when Lodi PD comes after you?

  • posted at 1:46 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    it's been so long since I've had a $100. bill I probably couldn't tell what one looked like anymore.........

  • posted at 1:18 am on Tue, Jul 15, 2008.


    Damn, better check my bill fold. I make it "rain" with benji's.



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