4 arrested in counterfeit bills scheme around Kansas City

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OVERLAND PARK — Four people are accused of using counterfeit $100 bills on shopping sprees across the Kansas City area.

Prosecutors say the four were caught after Overland Park Marriott Hotel employee reported seeing them throwing trash away in containers that weren’t near their rooms. Prosecutors say the suspects were trying to dispose of evidence after they altered $1 bills to look like $100 bills.

Steven Shane Escamilla and John Sebestyen, from California; Courtney Campbell, from Arizona; and Jonathan Washington, whose address is unknown; .

They are charged with conspiracy to commit counterfeiting. They also are each charged with possessing counterfeit money and drug violations.

Prosecutors say they used the counterfeit bills to buy items at chain stores, then returned those items for cash refunds at different locations of the same chains.

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