AUSTIN (KXAN) – Authorities have charged a Leander man they suspected manufactured counterfeit U.S. currency from his home, according to an arrest warrant filed Friday.
Officers with the Austin Police Department and U.S. Secret Service served a search warrant on the home of 33-year-old, Neal MacDonald Skillman, on July 21. Investigators found “printers, ink, papers, clipping and cutting instruments, which were all indicative and consistent with items commonly used to manufacture counterfeit [U.S. Federal Reserve Notes],” the warrant states.
Police said they used a confidential informant under surveillance to purchase counterfeit notes from Skillman as late as 72 hours prior to searching the Leander home.
Officers also found a large quantity of counterfeit bills in various stages of completion, and Skillman had ink stains on his fingers during the search, the arrest warrant states.
Skillman is in Travis County Jail, being held on $40,000 bond. He has been charged with forgery, a third-degree felony, according jail and police records.