Joseph G. Bylow, 31, and Rachel A. Eyskens, 24, used the counterfeit $1 and $50 bills several times over the last month at local businesses including a gas station, pizza delivery business, fast food restaurants, grocery and retail stores, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
Eagle police officers began their investigation July 15 after getting information that a man and a woman used counterfeit $1 bills at an Eagle gas station.
Detectives identified Bylow and Eyskens as suspects, interviewed them and confiscated the equipment the pair used to make the fake $1 bills from their Eagle home.
While the investigation was under way, fake $50 bills began showing up at restaurants in Eagle. Detectives once again identified Bylow and Eyskens as suspects.
On Aug. 16, after Bylow went to a local hotel and tried get change for a counterfeit $50 bill, detectives had enough evidence to get a search warrant for the couple’s Aikens Street residence.
During a search of the home Thursday afternoon, officers found more counterfeiting equipment and dozens of fake bills in various states of completion.
Officers arrested Bylow and Eyskens and charged them with four felony counts each for possession of forged notes, bank bills or checks. More charges against the pair are pending. Each charge of possession of forged notes is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
Bylow and Eyskens are each being held in the Ada County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have received a $1, $20 or $50 bill that appears counterfeit to call Ada County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 377-6790.