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Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00 pm

By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - A Bell County grand jury Wednesday indicted a Killeen man who was found with more than $2,000 in counterfeit cash after he crashed his car on Interstate 35 last month.

Christopher George Page, 21, was charged with forgery of a government national instrument. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

The Bell County Organized Crime Unit arrested Page following a single-car crash on April 13 in Belton near the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and I-35.

When police arrived at the scene, they spotted scores of $20, $10 and $5 bills blowing in the wind. They were told two men had been spotted running from the the crash site, according to an arrest affidavit.

Investigators soon discovered that the money they found was not printed on U.S. currency paper. It had no security threads and many of the bills had the same serial numbers, the affidavit states.

Police found Page and the vehicle's other occupant walking toward U.S. 190 on Avenue G in Belton.

In Page's pockets, police found several genuine dollar bills containing the serial numbers of the counterfeit currency located inside and around the vehicle. Investigators believe that money was used to create the counterfeit bills.

The other man involved in the incident was detained by police but not charged.

The grand jury also returned indictments against the following:

Antonio Jamaal Stonum, 25, of Temple, on a charge of possession of cocaine, 1 gram or more.

Daniel Ray Pruitt, 60, of Temple, on a charge of aggravated assault.

Eduardo Gaytan Cortez, 36, of Holland, on a charge of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, 1 gram or more.

Victor Munoz Rodriguez, 25, of Temple, on charges of evading arrest with a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of body armor by a felon.

Johnathan Howard Peery, 33, of Fort Worth, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, 1 gram or more.

Jacqueline-Lee Liane Adams, 19, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of MDMA, less than 1 gram.

Marquise Shamar Baity, 22, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of marijuana, 5 pounds or less, in a drug-free zone.

Richard Thomas Morgan, 30, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of hydromorphone, less than 1 gram.

Franklin Rafael Aguilar, 36, of Killeen, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Shawn Paul Sims, 31, of Killeen, on a charge of burglary of a habitation.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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