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10 charged in counterfeit money scam

Ten people are accused of manufacturing counterfeit money in the Spokane area.  

A grand jury in U.S. District Court in Spokane returned an indictment Tuesday alleging four women counterfeited nine $50 bills between May 5 and June 14.

One of the women, Jessica Crabtree, also is accused in a second indictment of cashing a fake $50 bill at the Cricket cellphone store at 21 S. Thierman St. in February 2010.

 Investigators believe Cole T. Monson (left), the so-called “nemesis of property owners” already in prison for dozens of property crimes, cashed two fake $100 in February 2010, once at the GTX Truck Stop in Spokane Valley and another at Northern Quest Casino.

Ronald Dale Mueller (right), 44; Brandy Mueller and Robin Knuttgen are accused of manufacturing the bills between Jan. 5 and March 24, 2010.

Brandy Mueller faces five additional counts for allegedly cashing fake $50 bills at Zips and Motel 6 in February 2010; Ronald Mueller, who is already in jail on unrelated drug charges, is charged with cashing two the next month.

Along with Crabtree, Tawny M. Rhodes, Brittney R. Hearn and Melissa A. Smith are charged with manufacturing fake money between May and last week. Rhodes, 39, already is in jail on drug charges.

Knuttgen also faces two additional charges for allegedly cashing fake $50, Angela Olveda, who is already in prison on for theft and drugs, and Sean Wright face one count each.

Manufacturing counterfeit currency and dealing counterfeit currency each carry up to 20 years in federal prison.

‘Nemesis’ of property owners sentenced

A serial burglar who fled Spokane County District Court last April was sentenced recently to just under six years in prison.

Cole T. Monson, 37, described by law enforcement as the “nemesis” of property owners, pleaded guilty to 21 felonies for a crime spree that ended last March. A Spokane County Sheriff's raid related to the crime spree netted so much stolen property that detectives used a moving truck to transport the items.

According to court documents, Monson admitted the burglaries to police and said he “wrote the book on pursuits with the police.”

Monson told police after a March 13 chase that “he was so high at the time that all he could do was focus on not getting caught and not getting killed in a crash,” documents say.

Monson posted bond after his arrest but returned to jail the next month after fleeing a courtroom and falling outside the Public Safety Building. A judge had revoked his bond for a driving while suspended charge.

Monson was sentenced to 68 months in prison and ordered to pay $54,259 restitution after pleading guilty Friday to second-degree theft, second-degree possession of stolen property, second-degree identity theft, two counts of third-degree assault, second-degree trafficking in stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, theft of a motor vehicle and 12 counts of second-degree burglary.

20 felonies for ‘nemesis’ of property owners

A suspected serial burglar who tried fleeing court in April is to be arraigned Wednesday on 20 felonies related to a six-month string of break ins in the Spokane area.

Cole T. Monson, 36, described by law enforcement as the “nemesis” of property owners, is accused of 13 burglaries that ended in March, just before several raids by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office netted a slew of stolen property.

Spokane County prosecutors filed charges last week. Monson faces 13 counts of second-degree burglary, as well as second-degree assault, car theft, eluding police and possession of a stolen car for an alleged police chase March 13.

His suspected methamphetamine dealer, 28-year-old Tamara D. Geurin is charged with possession of a stolen car, but she’s already serving a seven-year federal prison sentence for meth distribution that was handed down July 2.

Also charged in the case is 48-year-old John “Animal” Rose, who is accused of one count of second-degree possession of stolen property for items found in his home during the March 23 raid.

A fourth suspect, 36-year-old Terri Lynn Burkhart, alias Gunderson, is charged with second-degree possession of stolen property, second-degree theft and second-degree burglary after detectives say she helped Monson rob the coffee shop she used to own of a computer with information pertaining to a lawsuit.

According to a 26-page, (mostly single-spaced with few paragraph indents) statement of facts, Monson admitted the burglaries to police and said he “wrote the book on pursuits with the police.”

Monson reportedly told police after the March 13 chase that “he was so high at the time that all he could do was focus on not getting caught and not getting killed in a crash,” according to the statement.

Here’s a list of Monson’s alleged burglaries:

  • Sept. 25: Dale’s Maintenance, 11323 E. Dishman-Mica Road
  • Oct. 16-Oct. 19: Inland Construction, 1620 N. Mamer
  • Oct. 20 or Oct. 30: 8704 E. Bigelow Gulch Road
  • Nov. 16: Ashgrove Cement Co., 1312 N. Thierman
  • Dec. 5: Sunbeans Tanning and Espresso, 3117 N. Argonne Road
  • Dec. 14: B & B Towing, 5603 E. Broadway Ave.
  • Dec. 23: Transpro Industrial, 6519 E. Riverside Ave.
  • Dec. 25: Pohl Springs, 6415 E. Nixon
  • Feb. 28: East Valley School District, 18202 E. Euclid
  • March 2: Terex Utilities, 3020 N. Flora Road
  • March 3: General Dynamics, 12825 E. Mirabeau Parkway
  • March 9: Precision Electrical, 2205 N. Woodruff.
  • March 13: Barton Jeep, 10819 E. Sprague

‘Nemesis’ of property owners flees court

A man police call “the nemesis of Spokane Valley property owners” returned to jail Wednesday after fleeing a courtroom and falling in front of the Spokane County Elections Office.

Cole T. Monson, 36, ran from Spokane County District Court Judge Debra Hayes’ courtroom after Hayes revoked his bond on a driving while suspended charge and ordered him jailed, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Monson shoved a judicial assistant then ran from the courtroom, down the stairs and out the Public Safety Building as a deputy chased him, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Monson fell as he jumped down a short stairwell, then was handcuffed and returned to court by police, where Hayes “reiterated she wanted him taken to jail,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

Monson, a longtime felon arrested in a large stolen property and fuel theft investigation in March, faces new charges of felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor first-degree escape.

Monson may face criminal charges for as many as 120 crimes involving burglary, vehicle prowling, arson, malicious mischief and vehicle theft, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

He’s also a suspect in a federal investigation involving counterfeit money, and is suspected of exchanging stolen property for meth to a woman recently indicted on federal meth charges.

Bust could solve 100+ burglaries, prowlings

An interstate fuel theft investigation unveiled hundreds of pieces of suspected stolen property Tuesday after law enforcement arrested seven people and seized heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

Law enforcement raided five places early Tuesday that Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives say could be connected to more than 100 unsolved burglaries and vehicle prowlings in the county.
Detectives rented a moving truck to haul suspected stolen property from a rented garage in the 6000 block of East Clements Lane northeast of Spokane.

The investigation began in November when Sgt. John Nowels used a computer database to track what he suspected was a trend in commercial burglaries and fuel thefts.

About that same time, Coeur d’Alene police named a suspect in fuel thefts, who Spokane detectives believe is connected to the suspects recently arrested, including Cole T. Monson, 36.

“These people have been very active for a long time,” said Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Read the rest of my story in tomorrow’s Spokesman-Review.

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