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Pasco man accused of printing counterfeit money

There was $4,400 in counterfeit cash — plus the materials and printers needed to make more — at the home of a New Port Richey man wanted on a federal warrant, authorities said Wednesday.

Jody R. Barone, 35, was arrested on an outstanding warrant related to manufacturing and possession counterfeit currency, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.

At his residence, 11020 Tyler Drive, investigators found the fake cash along with ink, printers, bleaching material, check stock, photo scanners and other items used to make counterfeit money, deputies said.

The sheriff’s office said Barone was using other people to spend the phony money in the community. How much fake cash was spent was still under investigation.

Barone was taken into custody by a Pasco sheriff’s detective and members of a U.S. Secret Service task force, then delivered to the U.S. Marshals Service, the sheriff’s office said. He was later released on bond.

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