A couple who allegedly peeled off 18 fake $1 bills to pay for a meal at a Jack in the Box in East Boise on July 16 were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury meeting in Boise.
Joseph G. Bylow, 31, and Rachel A. Eyskens, 24, are charged with one count of counterfeiting obligations of the United States and three counts each of passing counterfeit bills.
They are being held in the Ada County Jail, where they were taken after they were initially arrested on state charges on Aug. 21.
Eyskens is accused of passing 55 counterfeit $1 bills to a delivery driver at an Eagle residence, also on July 16.
Three weeks later, on Aug. 7, they allegedly used a counterfeit $50 bill at Ice Cream Allie’s in Eagle, according to the indictment.
On Aug. 16, Bylow is accused to using a counterfeit $50 bill to pay for a room at the Hilton Garden Inn in Eagle.
An appearance date has not yet been scheduled.
The initial state charges were dismissed Sept. 4 at the request of an Ada County Prosecutor. However, new charges accusing Bylow and Eyskens of four counts of possession of forged notes, bank bills or checks were brought four days later. Those charges list Sept. 4 as the offense date.
The defendants were arraigned on those charges Tuesday and are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 22.
Both Bylow and Eyskens have filed motions seeking a reduction in their bail. Bylow is being held on $50,000 bail, while Eyskens’ bail is $40,000.
Eagle police officers began an investigation July 15 after receiving a report 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, 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.
Neither Bylow nor Eyskens have previous criminal records in Idaho, according to the state’s online criminal records repository.
If convicted, they face up to 14 years on each of the state charges and up to 20 years on each of the federal charges.