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Sheriff: 5 Arrested In Stearns Co. Counterfeit Ring

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Five people were arrested Thursday morning for their connection to a counterfeit money operation in Stearns County.

The sheriff's office says they executed a search warrant at a home on the 140th block of 7th Avenue East in New Munich just before 10 a.m.

Deputies found several counterfeit bills and items used in the production of fake money.

Five people at the residence gave false names to deputies, but were all identified after being fingerprinted.

All five had outstanding arrest warrants: Michael Jensen, 54; Richard Penaz, 43; Daniel Peterson, 32; Brittany Jensen, 27; and Johanna Avery, 27.

Two other people were at the residence at the time the search warrant was executed, but they were not arrested. Melrose police and the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force assisted in the search and arrests.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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