Funny Money Leads To Family Bust

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 4:30pm

Teen spending fake $50s leads cops to his brother's counterfeiting operation.

A Nebraska high school student's big spending helped lead police to his brother's counterfeiting operation.

Emmanuel Macheik, 22, of Omaha was taken into custody and transported to Omaha Police Headquarters where he was interviewed by Secret Service Agents after a search of the residence located over $8,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency and the material used to make the bills.

A loaded handgun and shotgun were also recovered.

Macheik was booked for 1st Degree Forgery, Possession of a Forged Instrument, and Possession of Forgery Devices.

The Secret Service will be seeking a federal indictment on this case.

Macheik's 16-year-old brother was also arrested Monday.

The Bryan High School student is accused of passing fake bills at the school's store on Monday and at a home basketball game on Friday evening.

So far investigators don't believe the 16-year-old was involved in the actual manufacturing of the counterfeit bills.

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