Press Release: Nashville Police Department
At about 8:30 am on Friday July 19th, numerous Nashville PD officers including Chief John Clayton, Asst. Chief Chuck Edwards, Detectives Fred Busbin and Donald Franklin along with several patrol officers began effecting arrest warrants in connection with the flood of counterfeit money circulating throughout the city of Nashville and by Friday afternoon seven people were in custody with additional suspects still being sought.
Chief Clayton said “we began getting intermittent reports of residents coming across counterfeit currency back in April. We had a total of seven reports until about the middle of June and then things started to really pick up around the first of July with numerous local businesses reporting counterfeit bills, mostly 20’s. In the majority of cases reported there were either no investigative leads at all or what few leads we were able to develop led to a dead end.”
Asst. Chief Chuck Edwards said the Police Department finally got a couple of breaks and Detectives were able to start putting names with faces and eventually gathered enough evidence to bring charges against the seven people arrested on Friday: 33 y/o Michael Elmer Carter, 42 y/o Christopher Bernard Doe, 28 y/o Tosha Lynn Jones, 20 y/o Jireh Jenier Perez, 38 y/o Demetrious Pettaway, 23 y/o Porsha Susanne Steverson, all of whom are residents of Nashville, and 34 y/o Talita Lashune Foster of Naylor, Ga who is currently incarcerated in the Lowndes County Jail on other charge(s). All face one felony count each Forgery in the First Degree, with Perez and Pettaway facing 2 counts each.
On Monday July 22nd, Nashville police crossed another name off the list of suspects at large when 22 y/o Kaley Jordon Turner of Nashville was taken into custody by NPD detectives at about 11:30 am; she is charged with 3 Felony counts Forgery in the First Degree.
“This investigation is by no means over at this point” said Edwards. “We are still pursuing two additional suspects for which we have arrest warrants and while we have collected hundreds of dollars in counterfeit currency in the past few months, there is no way to tell how much more is still circulating in the community, some of which will most certainly find its way to unsuspecting hands.”
Chief Clayton said NPD detectives are continuing to gather evidence toward the arrest of additional local suspects they are also working with numerous surrounding local law enforcement agencies who are laboring with similar cases. “We are also now working with the U.S. Secret Service and hope to make several more arrests in the near future” added Clayton.
Anyone wishing to share information about these or any other crimes can call the Nashville Police Department at (229) 686-6558 or the anonymous tip line at (229) 686-2238.///end of release.
Note: Arrest Booking photos available from Berrien County Jail: