Couple, wanted on warrants, arrested with counterfeit money

Couple, wanted on warrants, arrested with counterfeit money
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 9:19am

Harlingen police arrested a couple on forgery, failure to identify and having outstanding warrants, after being stopped for traffic violations.

On Tuesday, July 16th the Harlingen police Targeted Response Unit made a traffic stop on a maroon 1995 Ford Taurus on violations of having an invalid registration and driving recklessly.

The occupants, a couple, gave the officer their names and date of birth, which was determined false, but police were able to identify both individuals as Joanna Pena Nava, 29, and Jesus Daniel Pena Jr., 35.

As a result of the confirmed identity,  it was revealed that Pena Jr. had an outstanding warrant in Hidalgo County for assault and Nava had traffic warrants out of the City of Edinburg.

Police did an inventory of the Taurus and found several counterfeit bills, ten $20 bills and items used for counterfeiting money, which were seized.

Both were arrested and during the booking process police found an additional six counterfeit $20 bills on Nava.

Pena Jr. and Nava were both charged with forgery and failure to identify both are awaiting arraignment.

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