News Story

 

Moorpark - Discovery and Seizure of Counterfeiting Laboratory
1/31/2018 9:00:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

Discovery and Seizure of Counterfeiting Laboratory

Report Number:

18-15335

Location:

800 Block of New Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark

Date & Time:

January 28, 2018 / 7:00 pm

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark Investigations Bureau, Sheriff's Special Crimes Unit, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Bureau, United States Secret Service

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

Hagee, Donald

Wagers, Mitchell

Graciano, Crystina

Perris

Rancho Cucamonga

Beaumont

42

44

31

Narrative:

Detectives discovered a sophisticated money counterfeiting laboratory inside a house Monday while serving a search warrant in San Bernardino.

The investigation began on the evening of January 28, 2018, when patrol deputies from the Moorpark Sheriff's Station responded to Kohl's department store regarding counterfeit bills being passed by two customers. Deputies learned the two men were buying expensive items using fake $100 bills.

Deputies detained Donald Hagee and Mitchell Wagers, who had a total of $15,000 in counterfeit bills in their possession. The men were with a third suspect identified as Crystina Graciano. The two men also had narcotics in their possession, and Wagers was wanted for an outstanding parole warrant.

On January 29, 2018, Moorpark detectives began a follow-up investigation on the case. They learned of a location in the city of San Bernardino, where the counterfeit bills were being manufactured.

On Monday, detectives from the Moorpark Investigations Bureau, Sheriff's Special Crimes Unit and the Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Bureau as well as a Special Agent from the United States Secret Service served a search warrant at a residential business in the 1800-block of

South Tippecanoe Avenue in San Bernardino. Investigators discovered the location was a laboratory used to manufacture US currency and credit cards.

The Secret Service Special Agent described the lab as one of the largest and most sophisticated labs he had seen in his career.

Detectives seized several computers, laser printers, plastic ID card printers, plastic card cutters, precision cutting tables and tools, electric heating and drying devices, dry powder ink sets, thousands of dollars of counterfeit currency in varying degrees of completion, bill tracings, washed US currency, silkscreen printing plates, large quantities of printer ink, fluorescent light bill verifiers. They also found personal identifying information of several individuals, including driver's licenses and social security cards and a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

Hagee is currently in custody at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for conspiracy and forgery, as well as narcotics charges. Wagers is being held on weapons violations and the parole hold in addition to the forgery, conspiracy and narcotics charges. Graciano was released on $20,000.00 bail and is awaiting trial.

Both Hagee and Wagers have extensive criminal histories that include prior felony convictions for similar crimes.

Prepared by:

Detective Sergeant Kevin Lynch

News Release Date:

January 31, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Eric Buschow (805)947-8129

Approved by:

Captain John Reilly