Investigation continuing in counterfeit money case

Jefferson County Sheriff’s investigators are continuing their probe into counterfeit money found Saturday night, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Wednesday during a court hearing for one of the suspects.

Shanethia Burnette, 19, allegedly had five sheets of counterfeit $100 bills in a closet when investigators searched an apartment Monday on Taft Street, Investigator Kaleisha Wise said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Wednesday.

Kizer said Burnette gave consent to search after investigators went to talk to her about the case and, after the counterfeit cash was found, Burnette refused to cooperate and was taken into custody.

Burnette was allegedly the girlfriend of Justin Harmon, 18, who was arrested Saturday night after deputies investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle. At the time of his arrest, Harmon was allegedly holding an assault rifle.

During a court hearing for him Tuesday, Kizer said deputies found 18 sheets of counterfeit $100 bills and Harmon allegedly had four cut $100 bills in his pocket at the time.

Harmon told investigators he found the counterfeit money while walking in the area of West 28th Avenue and Hazel Street and did not have anything to do with making or cutting it. He also allegedly took full responsibility for it.

Bond for Harmon was set at $50,000 by Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Burnette, who said she would hire her own attorney.

Kizer said Wednesday that additional arrests are expected in the case as the investigation continues.