Three LeMars residents are each charged with forgery and theft following a counterfeiting investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation with assistance from the LeMars Police Department, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, and Sioux City Police Department.
Authorities say 29-year-old Brittany Anne Derby and 27-year-old Jackelen Danielle Hartsock, were arrested on Tuesday. Twenty-six year-old Kurt Walter Jones was arrested on Friday . Each was charged with felony forgery and misdemeanor theft in Woodbury County.
The investigation began after the defendants were observed making or attempting several cash transactions… purchases and cash change outs… at the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City last Saturday. The paper cash used was found to be falsified counterfeit bills resembling U.S. currency. The investigation is still on-going.