Santa Clara County

Man Accused of Running Multi-State Counterfeiting Operation Arrested: Santa Clara County Sheriff

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's office announced on Wednesday that deputies helped bust a large counterfeit money operation run out of Cupertino.

NBC Bay Area has learned that Eric Aspden is currently in custody on a fugitive warrant in connection with the alleged counterfeit operation. Aspden was arrested without incident Tuesday at his Cupertino home on Torre Avenue.

At a news conference, sheriff's detectives displayed counterfeit bills as well as equipment used in the alleged operation.

Detectives say Aspden is expected to be charged locally on counterfeiting charges.

He already faces five felony counts related to counterfeiting in Virginia.

Detectives say the operation involved hundreds of thousands of dollars of fake cash and have linked Aspden to customers in about 30-states.

The detectives say authorities are tracking down the customers but declined to say what part, if any, those recipients played in the operation

However, the investigators say the customers apparently knew they were dealing or obtaining counterfeit cash and were "not victims."

Efforts to make contact with Aspden or determine who his lawyer was were not immediately successful.

The arrest is apparently the culmination of a months-long joint investigation headed by the sheriff's department and Virginia authorities. The U.S. Postal Agency is an agency involved.

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