SUGAR GROVE – A Sugar Grove woman was making counterfeit money with her home computer and printer, police said Tuesday.
Police made that discovery last week, which lead to the arrest of Shirley A. Ryckman, 39, of Sugar Grove, and Doris Adamson, 56, of Elburn.
Detective John Sizer said Tuesday that Ryckman was making counterfeit bills in her home and that she distributed some last week to Adamson.
Each are charged with forgery. Ryckman remains in jail on $250,000 bail, while Adamson is free after posting $1,000 bond.
Use of the counterfeit bills at local stores and at the Corn Boil festival in Sugar Grove led police to Ryckman, Sizer said. Investigators, including Secret Service agents, saw Ryckman give some of the bills to Adamson in a grocery store parking lot last week, he said.
The U.S. Secret Service oversees counterfeit investigations. However, Sizer said, the women might not face federal charges. He said it depends on how much money they produced, but would not elaborate on an amount.
There's no state charge for counterfeiting – but felony forgery charges apply, Sizer said.
Police seized Ryckman's computer and printer, among other counterfeiting materials from her home.
Although Sizer predicts there will be no more arrests in the case, the investigation continues.
Sheriff's police also continue to investigate who gave counterfeit bills to a woman at her garage sale in a subdivision just outside Elburn.
Sizer also said he's looking into whether counterfeit bills reported at Aurora and Naperville stores are related to Ryckman.
Finding a counterfeiting operation in Sugar Grove is rare, Sizer said.
"When we first saw these counterfeit bills a few weeks ago, I never would have guessed they came from our community," he said.
Sizer speculated that the unusual crime could be a symptom of the recession. He said he was reminded of earlier this year when a woman was arrested for filing a false police report, claiming she had been robbed to cover up the fact that she sold her jewelry.
"It's probably just a sign of the times," he said. "Times are tough. We're seeing a lot of these weird crimes we wouldn't normally see."