Records at the Kingsport Police Department indicate counterfeit money has been circulating through city businesses the past several months, totaling at least 35 reported cases since Oct. 23.
Kingsport Detective Martin Taylor said it is currently not known if all those cases are related or tied to the man who is now wanted. Investigations into all the incidents are continuing.
According to an affidavit filed Tuesday in Kingsport court, Kenneth Boggs, 23, 1535 Fort Henry Drive, Apartment 19, is charged with 26 counts of criminal simulation. Authorities visited his apartment last Wednesday to investigate counterfeit money complaints, knocking on the door and announcing their presence as police.
According to court records, a loud “bang” was heard toward the back of the apartment, where officers responded to locate an open window. A female occupant eventually answered the door and allegedly said Boggs had run and “jumped out the window.”
Taylor said the woman consented to a search of the apartment, with police locating 13 uncut sheets of counterfeit $10 bills, each sheet containing two bills. Printer cartridges and other evidence believed to have been used in producing the counterfeit money was also located.
Police have yet to locate Boggs. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Kingsport central dispatch at (423) 246-9111 or the KPD Criminal Investigations Division at (423) 229-9429.
Taylor said a Fall Branch man was arrested earlier this month for passing fake bills, with a subsequent investigation revealing more incidents and additional charges against him.
On Jan. 12, an officer responded to the Family Dollar on West Sullivan Street. Employees reported a customer had attempted to pay for items with a counterfeit $10 bill, recognized as fake when tested with a detection pen.
The customer, Jeffery D. Crawford, 49, 111 Nessa Lane, Fall Branch, was asked if any additional counterfeit money was in his possession. He allegedly pulled three fake $10 bills from his wallet, all of which had the same serial number. He was arrested on three counts of criminal simulation, booked into the city jail and released on bond.
According to an affidavit filed Tuesday in Kingsport court, Crawford is now charged in an incident at Marcum’s Pharmacy on Ravine Street, occurring two days prior to his arrest at Family Dollar.
A check of the store’s deposit reportedly located five $10 bills with the same serial number, while surveillance footage revealed Crawford as the customer who passed them. He is charged with five additional counts of criminal simulation in that incident.
Taylor said investigations into all the reports of counterfeit bills are continuing with additional charges pending. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.