Centralia Police discover counterfeit money operation

Centralia Police discover counterfeit money operation

Photo: Matthew Woods and Sue Ann Rivera

Centralia Police say they discovered a counterfeit money printing operation when entering a home Thursday afternoon attempting to arrest a man who had earlier successfully fled a traffic stop on foot.

24-year-old Matthew Woods of South Maple Street in Centralia and 39-year-old Sue Ann Rivera of North Cherry in Centralia were both taken into custody after police removed them from the attic of a home in the 600 block of East Kerr where they were allegedly hiding in the insulation. Both had apparently been living in the basement of the home the last few weeks. Woods ran inside the home when an officer spotted him outside.

In addition to forgery charges in connection with the counterfeit money operation, Woods was also arrested for aggravated fleeing and eluding police, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and driving on a revoked license in connection with the February 5th police chase. Police say the chase began at Sycamore and Rasback when they broke up a drug buy in progress. Woods reportedly was driving 50 miles per hour on residential streets before he lost control and wedged his car between a tree and home in the 300 block of North Pine. Five people ran from the car. Everyone but Woods was taken into custody that day.

Police say the counterfeit operation had a press, instructions on how to print the money, paper, and $2,100 in printed $10 and $20 bills as well as $100 bill. They feel the operation has likely been the source of counterfeit bills that have been circulated to a number of area businesses.

Woods was also wanted on a Marion County failure to appear warrant on a possession of methamphetamine charge after allegedly leaving a drug treatment center. He was wanted for failure to appear in Clinton County on a resisting arrest charge. Bond on the Marion County warrant was set at $25,000. The Clinton County warrant had a $2,500 bond.

Rivera was wanted for failure to appear on a possession of methamphetamine charge, with bond set at $50,000.