Police: Group printing money at Columbus hotel

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Five people are facing forgery charges after Columbus detectives say they were caught scanning and printing $20 bills inside a Macon Road hotel.

Four men and one woman- Mark Webster, Travis Reeves, Marc Wray, Akahime Jordan, and Devin Eiland- all pleaded not guilty in Columbus Recorder's Court Tuesday.

Columbus investigators say they were busted at the Days Inn Sunday night with a printer and scanner in one of the rooms and hundreds of dollars in $20 bills that had only four different serial numbers among them.

A detective told Judge Cynthia Maisano that the money being made looked real but once they touched it, they realized it was just regular paper.

Police say it all started when Mark Webster used one of the counterfeit bills at Vivo El Torro, the Mexican restaurant across the street from the hotel. The management called police and Webster was followed back to the hotel room where officers say they found a printer/scanner combo and fake cash.

Officers testified that two rifles and a meth pipe and residue were also found in the room.

Judge Maisano found probable cause in the cases today and they're are headed to Superior Court.

The suspects do have bonds.

The Secret Service is also involved in the investigation.

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