Pleasant View, TN police bust mobile counterfeit operation

PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. (WKRN) – A longtime Pleasant View official finds a suspected counterfeiting operation using low-denomination bills soaked in a sealed plastic bag in a Clorox bath.

It begins Wednesday afternoon at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Store off I-24 in Pleasant View.

The manager then calls the police, claiming a man tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill.

When the manager calls the police, the suspect gets back into a black Kia with three other North Carolina people and the car takes off.

The car passes Pleasant View Deputy Police Commissioner Adam Wright, and he pulls the Kia up.

Wright talks to the driver, who doesn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Wright says, “Someone tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill.”

It doesn’t take long for Wright’s investigation to focus on the man in the backseat, Devonte Aska.

Wright asks, “Have you tried passing a counterfeit $100 bill by O’Reilly’s?”

Aska replies, “Yes, that was me. I didn’t know it was fake.”

Police say the bill in question turns out to be a lower denomination of $1 or $5 that has been bleached, and then the image of a real $100 is projected onto the freshly laundered bill.

When the manager tells Aska to wait for the police, Aska exits the store and Kia accelerates out of the parking lot.

The manager tells police, “As they took off, they sped out and all three ducked into the seats.”

Wright asks Aska, “Do you have any more of those bills with you?”

He replies, “Oh no. That was actually the only thing.”

Wright also asks why he didn’t buy motor oil, which he claimed he wanted to buy with any number of real $20s that were in his wallet.

“Why didn’t you use one of the $20 you had?”

Aska replies, “I really just wanted change for the $100.”

Wright searches the back seat where the 26-year-old is sitting and finds Clorox Bleach.

He also finds a Tupperware tub with a ziplock pouch.

In the bag he sees a green liquid and several lower denomination bills being washed. Wright says the liquid is green because it removes the ink from the paper.

Searching the car, Wright also finds a printer and a real $100 bill kept in a plastic sleeve.

Wright says the real hundred is copied in the printer and then the image is transferred to the washed bills once they’re dry.

The 20-year veteran says this is the first time he’s stopped a mobile counterfeiting operation.

“I didn’t see the actual trial. Rarely do you catch them laundering money in the car.”

Aska is charged with crime simulation. He is being held on $5,000 bail. Pleasant View, TN police bust mobile counterfeit operation

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