Police and Courts
11:32 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Indictments Issued in Commerce Counterfeit Case

Two Caddo Mills residents have pleaded not guilty to charges of engaging in organized crime.

The charges consisted of engaging in organized crime and forgery in connection with the passing of counterfeit currency at Commerce fast food restaurants.

A new arrest warrant has been issued for a third defendant indicted in the case. The Hunt county Grand Jury returned the indictments in July against Caleb Allen Marsh, Chelsea Raeleen Shepperd and Jeffrey Edward Mowrer Jr.

Marsh and Shepperd each received one indictment for engaging in organized criminal activity to commit forgery, two indictments for forgery by passing and one indictment for forgery. The pair pleaded not guilty to indictments during the arraignment hearings last week in the 354th district court. Judge Richard A. Beacom scheduled an October 1st status hearing for Marsh, and set a tentative trial date of December 3rd for Shepperd.

Mowrer received one indictment for forgery, and is named as a co-actor in the indictments filed against Marsh and Shepperd. A new warrant was ordered for Mowrer’s arrest after he failed to appear for his arraignment hearing for the indictment.

The indictments alleged that the three past counterfeit 50 dollar bills at the Commerce McDonald’s and Taco Bell restaurants on February 12th.