Sugar Grove police say Doris Adamson had a unique role in a local counterfeiting scheme: She spent the money.
Adamson, 56, of the 500 block of Main Street, Elburn, became the second person charged in connection with the operation when she surrendered to police Sunday on a felony forgery charge.
Police said Adamson worked with another woman, 39-year-old Shirley Ryckman of Sugar Grove, to pass fake bills that Ryckman produced on her home computer.
"It appears that (Adamson) would go out and buy some inexpensive items and pay for it with a $20 bill to get back legitimate money" in change, said Sugar Grove Police Det. John Sizer. "She was the one that was basically passing the money."
The pair came under investigation several weeks ago after police learned fake currency had been passed at stores, a bank, garage sales and the village's annual Corn Boil in mid-July.
Ryckman was arrested Thursday after police and Secret Service agents witnessed her give an envelope containing counterfeit bills to Adamson, according to Sizer. He said police spent the next several days investigating the extent of Adamson's involvement.
"This may be our last arrest," Sizer said. "We weren't sure how many people were out there delivering money. But hopefully we caught it before it became bigger than it could have been."
Adamson, who has an Aug. 14 court date, was convicted of theft of less than $300 in 2006 and sentenced to two years of probation, as well as restitution, court records show. Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment on her latest arrest. Adamson is free on a $1,000 bond.
Ryckman remained in the Kane County jail Tuesday, unable to post 10 percent of a $250,000 bond. Her next court date is Aug. 12.