Le Mars, Iowa — Three Le Mars residents are each charged with forgery and theft following a counterfeiting investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation with assistance from the Le Mars Police Department, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, and Sioux City Police Department.
According to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, 29-year old Brittany Anne Derby, and 27-year old Jackelen Danielle Hartsock, were arrested on August 9th. DCI agents say 26-year old Kurt Walter Jones, was arrested on August 11th. Each was charged with felony forgery and misdemeanor theft in Woodbury County, according to authorities.
According to the criminal complaints filed, the investigation stemmed after the defendants were allegedly observed making or attempting several cash transactions (purchases and cash change outs) at the Hard Rock Casino located in Sioux City on Saturday, August 5th. The paper cash used was reportedly found to be falsified counterfeit bills resembling US currency.
The DCI says the investigation is still on-going.