Olalla 12-year-old arrested for counterfeiting

A 12-year-old John Sedgwick Junior High student was arrested for forgery Friday afternoon after allegedly making $20 bills at home and taking them to school to show his friends.

According to the incident report filed by the school resource officer, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy David Dial, a school employee recovered the bills on Jan. 29 when two students handed them to her and said they thought they were fake.

The suspect was then immediately suspended from school.

When later questioned by Dial, the students said the suspect had given them the bills earlier that day before school started. They said he claimed to have $400 worth of them at home. The deputy then contacted the suspect’s father and met up with both the student and his father later that day.

After being read his rights, the student agreed to talk to the deputy. He admitted to making the fake $20 bills at his house using a scanner and printer, and said he made “about $200 worth.”

When the deputy asked where the remainder of the bills were, the student said he burned them in a wood stove at his house. His father confirmed that there were none of the counterfeit bills remaining at the home. The student said the only bills he took to school were the two he showed to his friends which were later given to school employees.

He was transported to Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center, where he was booked for one count each of fraud and forgery.

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