Boise transient arrested for making fake money in Boise hotel room
Boise Police were called Sunday morning, April 1st, by the clerk of a motel on Airport Way. Motel employees told officers they were concerned about the welfare of a guest who had missed the check out time and appeared unresponsive when a motel employee entered to check the room.
Boise Police knocked and announced themselves and a man answered the door. Inside the room, officers saw in plain sight a printer and a trash can with what looked like paper copies of money. The motel clerk had also previousy told officers they were holding what appeared to be a fake $5 bill the man had used to pay for the room.
Detectives with the Boise Police Financial Crimes unit and the U.S. Secret Service were called to the scene. The motel guest, Scott Barker, 26, was found to be using the room and printer to manufacture counterfeit U.S currency. It appeared to officers the suspect had been making the counterfeit bills, mainly $5 and $20, for the last 2 - 3 days.
Officers also found the fake bills had recently been passed at two nearby convenience stores by the suspect. The suspect was booked into the Ada County Jail on the charge of Forgery, a felony.