Men indicted on counterfeit charges

Four men were indicted this week on charges connected to a local counterfeiting operation that victimized local businesses earlier this year.

Counterfeit bills have popped up at multiple restaurants and convenience stores in the Newton-Conover area since this past winter. Police say most fake notes stem from a small counterfeiting operation run by several teens, including at least two former Newton-Conover High School students.

A Catawba County Grand Jury indicted all four men on Monday.  

Joseph Alan Platt, 19, of 909 E. 20th St. in Newton, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with possession of five or more counterfeit instruments.

Platt allegedly possessed more than 60 counterfeited $20 notes manufactured from computer and “All-In-One” printer technology, according to his indictment.

To read more of this story, pick up the Friday print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.