by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Groveâ€”Sugar Grove resident Shirley A. Ryckman, 39, of the 1200 block of Dorr Drive, was arrested at 1 p.m. on Thursday and charged with forgery for printing counterfeit bills. Her accomplice, Elburn resident Doris Adamson, 56, of the 500 block of Main Street, was charged on Sunday for possession of the counterfeit bills, also a forgery charge.
The counterfeit money, mostly $20 bills, began showing up in the area a couple of weeks ago, in a weekend bank deposit from a Sugar Grove business, from a garage sale in rural Elburn and at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.
According to Sugar Grove investigator John Sizer, the Fantasy Amusement carnival workers who ran the rides at the Corn Boil identified where the bills had come from, leading to Ryckman’s arrest.
U.S. Secret Service agents and Sugar Grove investigators witnessed Ryckman passing an envelope containing counterfeit U.S. currency to Adamson on Tuesday, July 28, in the parking lot of the ALDI grocery store on Route 47 and West Park Avenue in Sugar Grove.
Ryckman was taken into custody and her bond was set at $250,000. As of press time, she remains in the Kane County jail, with a court date of Wednesday, Aug. 12.
After the Sugar Grove Police had enough evidence to charge Adamson, they issued a warrant for her arrest on Friday, and she turned herself in on Sunday. She posted the $1,000 bond and was released, pending her court date on Friday, Aug. 14.
The U. S. Secret Service has been working on the case with Sugar Grove police and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office to determine if others might be involved. Sizer said that at this point, it might just be the two of them.
â€œWith any luck, we might’ve caught this before other people got involved, but it’s still being investigated,â€ Sizer said.
Sizer said Ryckman printed the bills on a Laser HP printer in her office at home.
â€œIt was nothing sophisticated, but the printing was surprisingly good,â€ he said. â€œOf course, the Secret Service has seen better.â€