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Honaunau man arrested for forgery

Updated: 
October 23, 2017 - 11:33am

Hawaii Island police arrested a Honaunau man following several counterfeit money investigations.

On Oct. 10, Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a counterfeit $100 bill that had been passed the previous day at a business establishment in Honalo. Officers also responded to reports of a counterfeit $100 bill that had been passed during this same time frame at a business establishment in Captain Cook and four counterfeit $100 bills that had been passed at a business establishment in Kona.

On Oct. 17, Kaʻu Patrol officers responded to a report of a counterfeit $100 bill that had been passed the previous evening at a business establishment in Ocean View. Officers also determined the same responsible individual had attempted to pass $100 bills at two other business establishments in Ocean View, however, those bills were not accepted by employees.

After reviewing video surveillance footage, officers were able to identify the responsible male suspect as 36-year-old Matthew Cummings, of Honaunau.

On Oct. 18, afternoon, Kona Patrol officers located and arrested Matthew Cummings in the Kealakekua area. He was transported to the Kealakehe Police Station where he was held pending further investigation by detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section.

Detectives executed search warrants on Cummings’ vehicle and personal property and recovered two counterfeit bills, several photocopies of counterfeit bills, and an unspent ammunition round.

On Friday, detectives charged Cummings with four counts each of forgery in the first degree and theft in the fourth degree.

Also on the same day, detectives executed a search warrant at Cummings’ Honaunau residence and recovered several photocopies of counterfeit bills, several components used to create counterfeit bills, and 198 grams of suspected marijuana.

On Friday evening, detectives charged Cummings with an additional count of forgery in the first degree and promoting detrimental drugs in the third degree. His total bail has been set at $130,000. Cummings is being held at the Kealakehe Police Station pending his initial court appearance at the Kona District Court.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call police at the non-emergency number (808) 935-3311. Individuals may also contact Detective Pernell Hanoa of the Area II Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 326-4646 ext. 238 or via email at Pernell.Hanoa@hawaiicounty.gov.

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