Cops: Woman arrested in counterfeiting probe

Brattie Guerra, 21, of Freeport, has been arrested Brattie Guerra, 21, of Freeport, has been arrested and charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument as part of an ongoing investigation into the March 23 counterfeiting at the CVS on Merrick Road, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

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A Freeport woman, 21, arrested in connection with an investigation that earlier this week saw two men arrested in the use of counterfeit $100 bills at a Rockville Centre CVS, faces arraignment Friday morning -- charged with 13 counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

Nassau County police said Friday that Brattie Guerra, of 46 Weberfield Ave., has been arrested and charged as part of the ongoing investigation into the March 23 counterfeiting at the CVS on Merrick Road.

A second woman is still being sought, police said.

Two other defendants, identified by police said Ramel Epps, 23, of 37 Elm St., Freeport, and Frederick Barrett, 31, of 134 Long Beach Rd., Hempstead, were arrested by Rockville Centre police Monday at 12:19 a.m.

Police said those arrests came after employees at the CVS store recognized the two as the same men who, along with Guerra and the other woman being sought, made purchases using the counterfeit $100 bills on March 23.

According to details provided by police, Epps and Barrett, having used the fake $100s on March 23, returned to the store early on March 24 to try to make more purchases with the counterfeit bills.

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Epps was charged with 31 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and was ordered held on $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail on March 25. Court records indicate he posted bond on Thursday and is scheduled to return to court April 18.

Barrett was charged with 19 counts on criminal possession of a forged instrument. Court records indicate he also was ordered held on $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash bail at arraignment Tuesday. He has not posted bail, according to records, and is due back in court April 2.

It was not immediately clear if Epps or Barrett was represented by an attorney.

Police said that, subsequent to their arrests, the two men were found to be in possession of 55 counterfeit $100 bills.

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