Alleged cross-state crime spree ends with Moses Lake arrest
MOSES LAKE, Wash — Moses Lake police arrested a man and woman Monday night for allegedly passing fake $100 bills.
Investigators believe 32 -year-old Artem V. Kirichenko, and 30-year-old Emily A. Coates, both of Puyallup, have been passing the counterfeit bills throughout Moses Lakes for the last couple of days.
Investigators say they tracked the pair to the Walmart where Kirichenko tried to pass the fake bills.
Officers arrested Kirichenko inside the store and caught up with Coates outside.
According to police, a subsequent warrant was served on the couple’s rented vehicle, and officers located about four ounces of methamphetamine, an ounce of heroin, around $2,000 in fake bills, just under $10,000 in legitimate U.S. currency and an illegally possessed pistol.
Investigators say they also recovered computer equipment, a printer and a credit card embosser from in the vehicle, as well as dozens of fake credit cards. Police also recovered receipts and other evidence that Kirichenko and Coates have crossed the state, leaving counterfeit bills in their wake. The Secret Service is now involved in the case, and federal charges are likely.
Kirichenko is facing state charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of meth and heroin with intent to deliver, as well as counterfeit and theft charges.
Coates is looking at counterfeit and theft charges, as well as drug charges.
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