Independence County man accused of passing counterfeit $20 bills in Stone County


Independence and Stone County authorities have worked together on a forgery case, and now an Independence County man has been caught and charged.

The suspect, Neil Joseph Breaux (pictured), 45, was charged after authorities say he passed $340 in counterfeit $20 bills just after 10 p.m. on Aug. 8, at the Mountain View Walmart, according to court information.

Court documents note that Mountain View Police Department Det. Jeremy Beaudin checked with Independence County authorities after seeing a news article on White River Now about $20 bills being passed at Newark. After contacting and working with Sgt. Michael Moody of the Independence County Sheriff’s Department and an agent from the U.S. Secret Service, Beaudin was able to identify Breaux as a suspect. Breaux was also identified through Walmart in-store security footage, according to the court info.

Breaux was arrested and charged with first-degree forgery. He was also charged as a habitual offender, having been previously convicted of more than four felonies in Texas, Idaho, and California.

Breaux is in the Stone County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Image via Stone County Sheriff’s Office

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