Posted: Sep 3, 2013 10:17 PM by MTN News
BUTTE - Two Washington people were to appear in court late Tuesday afternoon facing several charges, including forgery and identity theft at a local Butte Casino.
46-year-old James Henry Hernandez of Renton, Washington, made his appearance in front of Judge Debra Williams facing three felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.
The incident occurred Friday afternoon, after Hernandez allegedly tried to use counterfeit money orders at the Lucky Lil's Casino on South Montana Street.
A police search warrant led to the discovery of counterfeit currency along with Oxycontin and drug paraphernalia.
45-year-old Keely Emge, who lives at the same residence as Hernandez in Renton, has also been charged with forgery by accountability, a felony.
Court documents allege Emge aided and abetted Hernandez. The count includes charges in Silver Bow County and possible other locations within the state of Montana.
Silver Bow County Sheriff Ed Lester said that the investigation is looking into the possibility that Hernandez and Emge may be involved in two similar crimes in Kalispell and Columbia Falls.