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JPD busts counterfeit ring, arrest sex offenders and recover stolen goods

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Dominque Burpo (Source: Jonesboro Police Department) Dominque Burpo (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Call it the domino effect. One arrest leads to four more, tying multiple investigations together.

It all started with the arrest of a cashier who, Jonesboro Police say, had a plan to cash in on counterfeit 100 dollar bills. JPD said Felicia Hill was the domino that started it all.

"During the investigation of counterfeit money being passed at a local grocery story, an arrest was made of an employee who was accepting the money," lead investigator, Detective Jason Simpkins told Region 8 News.

According to JPD, Hill had been knowingly accepting funny money from Casiprin Gibson. The bills were the same type of counterfeit cash JPD has been investigating since April. 

Simpkins said Hill's arrest led them to stolen property in a home in North Jonesboro. That property was allegedly stolen by Gibson.

"The floor jack that you see there and the microwave were also stolen from Walmart," Simpkins said. "We recovered two televisions and an X-Box system that was stolen from a residential burglary here in Jonesboro."

Gibson wasn't the only one involved with the stolen property though. JPD released surveillance video from Walmart where Gibson, along with Jason Parmenter, posed as a Walmart associate and customer to land some stolen merchandise.

"He entered the store and was able to leave with a 70" flat screen TV," Simpkins explained. That television was also recovered during the investigation.

JPD believes Dennis Burgess, who was also arrested this weekend, was the one who headed up the convoluted counterfeit cash ring. Region 8 News aired Burgess' mug shot in April when police began the investigation into the fake money.

Simpkins said they suspect Burgess was manufacturing the counterfeit cash. He then passed that money onto Gibson, that Hill accepted at her place of employment, bringing the investigation full circle.

Dennis Burgess is charged with forgery in the first degree. His bond was set Monday at $300,000. 

Felicia Hill is charged with forgery in the first degree and theft of property less than $1,000. Her bond was set at $1,500 on Monday.

Casiprin Gibson, who is also a registered sex offender in Mississippi County, living in Jonesboro, was charged with forgery in the first degree, theft of property less than $5,000, failure to register as a sex offender and theft by receiving. JPD said Gibson may be facing more charges pending further investigation. His bond was set at $100,000 during a court appearance on Wednesday. 

Jason Parmenter, also a registered sex offender in Mississippi County and living in Jonesboro, is charged with theft of property less than $5,000 and failure to register as a sex offender. Bond for Parmenter was set at $2,500.

Another woman, Precious Rulford, was also arrested. Police said Rulford attempted to hinder the arrest of Burgess. She's been formally charged with hindering apprehension and endangering the welfare of a minor. Her bond was set at $1,000 on Monday.

Dominque Burpo was arrested for residential burglary and property theft.  Simpkins says Burpo stole the x-box and TV that were recovered in bust and later sold them.  A bond has not been set for Burpo.

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