Suspected counterfeiter arrested despite disguise attempt

A Medford man is in jail after police found equipment and materials they suspect were used to manufacture counterfeit cash accepted by at least one area business.

Ramonito Lloyd Salvador, 34, of the 1100 block of West Eleventh Street, is held in the Jackson County Jail on ten counts of first-degree forgery. His bail is set at $50,000.

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement — MADGE — served a search warrant at the West Eleventh Street home Aug. 29. Investigators said they were looking for evidence tied to the possession, manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine. Inside the residence, police found evidence that Salvador had been manufacturing counterfeit $10, $20 and $100 bills. They found bills in various stages of completion — on uncut sheets and finished bills — and computers, printers, paper cutters, ink and sprays.

Police continued the investigation but were unable to find Salvador.

At 9:15 a.m. today, police spotted him walking near the corner of Eleventh and Lincoln streets near his home, attempting to disguise his identity with a blonde wig covered by a beanie style hat. He was arrested and lodged in jail.

Investigators have matched the serial number of at least one counterfeit bill passed at a local business with those made by Salvador. The case remains under investigation by Medford police's financial investigation section and the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force.

— Ryan Pfeil

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