Gas Station Employee Helps Bust Counterfeit Money Ring

Created: 02/14/2014 6:53 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 News) -- Three people were arrested in Rochester Friday morning in connection to the manufacturing of counterfeit $20 bills.

“The pen didn’t look right to him (employee), and then he could feel that it felt waxy to him,” said Kwik Trip Store Leader Doren Kamp.

It all happened around 2:15 a.m. A Kwik-Trip clerk at the South Broadway and 20th Street location was chatting to a customer about a woman trying to use counterfeit $20 bills. The clerk then noticed the guy she was chatting with also tried to use a fake $20. A Rochester Police Officer just happened to be outside by the pump, so the clerk got on the intercom and told the officer to come inside.

When the cop did, the guy apologized and reached in his wallet for a couple $1’s. There, the officer says he spotted multiple fake dollar bills in the wallet and arrested 26-year-old Jack Kluver of Winona.

Kluver, however, had been dropped off by a car that fled when all this went down. Police tracked down the car using surveillance video and found it parked at the Motel 6 in Rochester. In plain view, police say they saw a printer and paper cutter in the backseat of the car.

“Although the people that are doing this are generally not the smartest or the most brilliant, they still have enough skill to be able to pull this off,” said Cpt. John Sherwin with the Rochester Police Department. “Often times, bills may be mass produced, they may use the same serial number on each of the bills, so it’s somewhat easy to track the origin.”

Police then went into the hotel room where the car was registered and found a hypodermic needle and a scale, typically used for drugs. Two more people were arrested there, who already had warrants out for their arrest. Ricky Orr of Winona, age 35, was arrested for a Department of Corrections parole warrant, and Allison Tjossem of Crookston, age 29, had a warrant out from Winona County.

This case is still under investigation.

Jack Kluver, Ricky Orr, Allison Tjossem
Photos: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center