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Alert grocers break up counterfeit scheme

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Quick action by the staff at a local grocery store has foiled an alleged counterfeiting scheme.

Storm Lake Police were called to the Hy-Vee store Sunday afternoon, where two men had allegedly been trying to cash counterfeit checks.

The men had fled the store before officers arrived, but the store staff was able to provide a vehicle description, and officers quickly located and stopped the car on Abner Bell Road.

They arrested Dukhan Iqraa Jihad Mumin, age 53 and Stanley Collins, age 57 both of Omaha. Officers learned that Mumin was wanted out of Douglas County, NE for Felony Theft and Collins was wanted out of Colfax County, NE for Forgery.

Police impounded the suspect's vehicle and reportedly seized several personal and payroll counterfeit checks.

An investigation alleges the two attempted to negotiate the counterfeit checks in Cherokee at Hy-Vee, and staff at that store alerted Storm Lake Hy-Vee workers of the scam. The Storm Lake workers refused the men and called in police.

Storm Lake Police charged Mumin with Ongoing Criminal Conduct (a class B felony) and three counts of Forgery (class D felony). He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $40,000 cash bond. Collins was charged by police with Ongoing Criminal Conduct (a class B felony) and one count of Forgery (class D felony). He was booked into the county jail on a $30,000 cash bond.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.

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