Hundreds of Counterfeit $20 Bills Found During Domestic Violence Investigation in Washington State

Mia Carlson
Thousands of dollars in counterfeit $20 bills were discovered during a traffic stop in southeast Washington State.Photo byU.S. Currency Education Program

CLARKSTON, WA - Hundreds of counterfeit $20 bills were reportedly found during an investigation into a domestic violence call involving alleged spitting Friday evening. According to a Probable Cause Affidavit, 21-year-old Dalijha Hancock was arrested on one count of 4th-Degree Assault-Domestic Violence and one count of Counterfeiting after Asotin County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call at 6:15 p.m.

The female advised that she and her child's father had been in a verbal dispute and Hancock allegedly became highly aggressive.

"During that time, [she] advised she became fearful for herself and her child and Hancock was yelling in her face. [She] stated that while Hancock was aggressive, she pushed him away from her. After trying to separate herself from Hancock, [he] spit in her face," the affidavit says.

Dispatch had advised deputies that Hancock had left the area in a gray Hyundai SUV with Maryland license plates. Deputies found the vehicle at the corner of Critchfield Road and Highway 129 and initiated a traffic stop.

Contact was made with Hancock and he was questioned about the alleged spitting incident.

"Hancock advised that there wasn't really an argument," according to the affidavit. "Hancock stated that she [the female party] had spit on him, so he spit back."

At this point, Hancock was arrested on a count of 4th-Degree Domestic Violence Assault. The court document says the arresting deputy asked Hancock if he wanted his wallet/fanny pack and cell phone to go with him to the Asotin County Jail and he said he did.

During a search, a "large amount" of counterfeit money was found inside Hancock's wallet/fanny pack, according to the affidavit.

Once at the jail, an inventory was conducted and a total of $5,860 - or 293 counterfeit $20 bills - were placed into evidence.

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