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Alexandria man charged with counterfeiting

Among other charges, Randy Dale Lindberg has been charged with two counts of gross misdemeanor counterfeiting of currency.

Douglas County Courthouse
The Douglas County Courthouse in Alexandria. (Echo Press file photo)

ALEXANDRIA — An Alexandria man was arrested with $16,000 in counterfeit money on Friday, Jan. 21, according to the criminal complaint.

Randy Dale Lindberg has been charged with two counts of gross misdemeanor counterfeiting of currency, one felony fifth degree controlled substance crime — methamphetamine possession under .25 grams and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the statement of probable cause, Lindberg used a total of 14 counterfeit $100 bills to purchase items from two local stores on Jan. 9 and Jan. 20. Security videos show a man matching Lindberg's appearance making the purchases, the statement read.

After the purchases were made, store workers realized the bills were counterfeit, and the bills from at least one of the stores were found to have "Motion Picture Money" typed on them in small print, the statement read.

On Jan. 21, officers were told Lindberg and his girlfriend drove a Cadillac SRX, like the one that dropped Lindberg off at one of the stores, the statement read.

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Lindberg was arrested on an outstanding warrant, and he was found to have an identical jacket and hat of the suspect in one of the surveillance videos, the statement read.

A warrant was obtained to search Lindberg's residence and vehicle, and in a black insulated cooler, 160 counterfeit $100 bills were found with an identical serial number as the bills passed in town, the statement read.

Officers also found several items of drug paraphernalia, including a baggie with methamphetamine residue, a glass bong and a gold metal pipe with burnt residue, the statement read.

Lindberg has received four prior felony-level controlled substance convictions, one in Anoka County, one in Blue Earth County and two in Pine County, the statement read.

Lindberg is currently on release.

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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