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Charges filed after transit police allegedly find $1,000 in fake cash in commuter's pockets

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CROWN POINT — A 33-year-old man police arrested last week after he was allegedly found in possession of more than $1,000 in fake currency faces charges in Lake Criminal Court. 

Timothy C. Ross, of South Bend, was charged Thursday with two counts of counterfeiting, a level 6 felony.

Ross was arrested Thursday evening in East Chicago after he allegedly paid his train fare on the South Shore Line commuter train with counterfeit cash, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Ross provided a transit police officer an additional $78 in cash, $70 of which the officer determined was also fake, the affidavit states.

Ross claimed he had sold a laptop computer in Hammond and the buyer provided him the cash, the affidavit states. The officer told Ross he would be free to leave if there were no warrants for his arrest.

The officer determined Ross had a warrant for failure to appear in court issued in Elkhart County, according to the affidavit. Ross began reaching into a backpack, and the officer told him to stop. The officer obtained permission to search the backpack and located a .25 caliber handgun, the affidavit states.

The officer then searched Ross and located 40 counterfeit $20 bills and 37 counterfeit $10 bills in his pockets, the affidavit states.

Ross is jailed without bond, according to court records.

An initial court hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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