Police track Valley man passing fake $100 bills

Posted at 1:30 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 16:56:19-04

Police tracked and arrested a man who had been passing counterfeit $100 bills. 

Scottsdale police report that on October 3, they arrested 38-year-old Kevin Aaron Stratford at his home in Tempe near Apache Boulevard and McClintock Drive. 

Police say they had been watching Stratford for several weeks and allegedly witnessed him passing fake $100 bills at various businesses in the Valley. 

Stratford reportedly made about $5,000 in purchases buying food, cigarettes and multiple gift cards. 

When police raided his home, they allegedly found fraudulent credit cards, IDs and checks. They also found equipment used to wash $1 bills and turn them into $100 bills. 

Police say they also found meth and heroin in the home. 

Court paperwork shows that Stratford has 11 prior convictions and served 13 years in prison. 

He's been charged with forgery.