Travelling criminals charged for passing counterfeit currency

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a man and woman in connection with multiple incidents where counterfeit US currency was passed or attempted to be passed in numerous businesses throughout the city.

Additional charges from other jurisdictions where the pair committed similar crimes are also anticipated. Police are currently in the process of liaising with other agencies, including Edmonton Police and RCMP detachments.

Between Dec. 7, 2015 and Dec. 9, 2015 a male and female attended multiple businesses in Lethbridge, including retail stores and motels, and uttered counterfeit US $100 bills to pay for their transactions.

On Dec. 9, 2015 police were contacted after the female attempted to pay with a fake bill at a northside clothing store. The same business had been victimized by the male the day before and the sales clerk subsequently recognized the $100 US bill as counterfeit and immediately contacted police.

Patrol members located the male returning to a vehicle in the Sobey’s parking lot where he was arrested without incident. During a search incidental to arrest, police seized additional counterfeit US $100 bills as well as a small quantity of methamphetamine. The female was located and arrested inside the northside Walmart store.

Kyle Gordon Schmidt, 26, of Black Diamond, is charged with uttering counterfeit currency, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of the proceeds of crime.

Andrea Beth Gill, 34, of Stony Plain, is charged with two counts of uttering counterfeit currency and one count each of possession of counterfeit money and possession of the proceeds of crime.

Schmidt and Gill have been remanded in custody to appear in court Dec. 11.

Investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.