Counterfeit Money Found; 3 Held


Police here arrested three people on suspicion of counterfeiting after they stopped one of them and found $2,500 in fake U.S. currency in his car, police said Tuesday.

Officers responding to a domestic violence call Sunday about 10:10 p.m. in the 4300 block of Green Avenue in Los Alamitos stopped a man fleeing from the home, Los Alamitos police said. After searching his car, they reportedly found marijuana, methamphetamine and more than $2,500 in fake bills of various denominations.

Anthony Nappi, 32, of Seal Beach was booked on suspicion of domestic violence, possession of narcotics and possession of counterfeit money, police said.

The officers’ investigation led them to a hotel room in Huntington Beach, in the 16000 block of Beach Boulevard, where on Monday they found another $175 in fake bills, cotton-fiber paper and a color photocopier, police said. There they arrested Paul Mukai and Staci Barrios, both 32, of Long Beach, on suspicion of possessing and manufacturing counterfeit bills, police said.