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Secret Service to get look at funny money

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is set to notify federal authorities and Secret Service about an Iron Station man accused of forging more than $1,000 in currency.
Deputies searched the home of Daniel Brandon Houser, 23, on Tuesday and discovered more than 20 $100 and $20 counterfeit bills, according to a press release.
In addition, authorities found two stolen handguns, one each from Gaston and Cabarrus Counties, inside the residence, located at 3316 Iredell Heights Road.
Deputies seized the .22 and nine millimeter handguns and served Houser an outstanding warrant from Cabarrus County for larceny of a handgun, the release said.
Houser faces numerous charges including one felony count each of forgery of bank notes, possession of counterfeit money and possession of stolen goods. Misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana were additionally filed against Houser.
Lt. Tim Johnson, head of criminal investigations, said authorities have no reason so far to believe that the counterfeit bills are related to the recent counterfeit outbreak in Hickory, in which fake cash popped up at numerous area businesses throughout January and February.
“The Secret Service will add the serial numbers to their database and compare,” Johnson said.
Houser remains locked behind Lincoln County bars under a $30,000 secured bond.
Authorities said the suspect is additionally on hold pending further investigation by Cabarrus County officers, who assisted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with Tuesday’s search and arrest.

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