Man wanted for counterfeiting thousands in bills

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Police are asking residents to be on a look out for a wanted subject who allegedly produced fake money that was circulated at the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

The individual is identified as 26-year-old Adam Lee Brown from California, who resided up to recently on North Adams Street, police said.

"He was using a computer and printer and manufacturing money," Lt. Luis Barrera with Alice Police Department said. "Our information is that he had several thousand dollars of money made, but I don't think he was able to put much of it in circulation."

According to Barrera, Brown apparently had a friend use some of the counterfeit money at the Wal-Mart on Aug. 26 to purchase a television, and then had her return it to get a refund. That was when Kayla Garcia was arrested. Later it was known that Brown was apparently the source of the counterfeit money. But before police could arrest him, Brown fled town.

"What makes this case unique is that we have been able to identify the source," Barrera said. "It's possible that he went back to California, but we can't be certain."

Barrera said that Brown reportedly replicated fake money in increments of $20s and $50s.

Brown at the time of the incident was working inside the Wal-Mart Supercenter as a cell phone salesman in the electronics department.

Brown is facing felony charges of forgery with financial instrument/counterfeit money. His bond has been set at $20,000, Barrera said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brown can contact Crime Stoppers of South Texas, Inc. hotline at 664-STOP or log in at www.stxtipscom and fill out tip information by Internet. Tipsters may be eligible for cash rewards of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect or suspects. All calls remain anonymous.