Secret Service agents arrest Ypsilanti man accused of possessing counterfeit bills
An Ypsilanti man was arrested today by the U.S. Secret Service after agents said they found counterfeit bills during a search of his home Tuesday, federal court records show.
Ryan Thompson was charged this morning in a criminal complaint with manufacturing and possessing counterfeit obligations and securities.
He is scheduled to appear this afternoon in federal court in Detroit, said Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office. Balaya did not have Thompson's age. It's unclear whether Thompson has an attorney.
According to an affidavit by U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Jason Burks, agents executed a search warrant at Thompson's home and found two scanners, counterfeit money in several locations and "cut up scraps of white paper bearing the images of counterfeit U.S. currency."
Records show the bust is part of an ongoing investigation. Secret Service officials had no immediate comment this morning.
It's unclear whether the case is related to the investigation into counterfeit $10 bills recently being passed in the area. One was passed Tuesday in Ypsilanti and two others were recently passed in Saline, authorities said.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.