Benton police investigating counterfeit money scheme

Benton police arrested Franklin Paul Hill (left) and Kayla Skinner (right) after discovering counterfeit money and suspected drugs at a home on Cary Drive. (Photos courtesy: Benton Police Dept.)

Benton police are investigating after discovering counterfeit money was being passed around to local businesses.

Police arrested 27-year-old Franklin Paul "PJ" Hill after getting a tip that he was possibly involved with printing and selling counterfeit money out of a home in the 2400 block of Cary Drive.

Arkansas Probation and Parole officers and Benton detectives made contact with Hill at the home. During a search, they found firearms, suspected drugs, counterfeit money and items used to print counterfeit money.

Hill was taken into custody at the Saline County Detention Center for first-degree forgery, criminal possession of forgery device, second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of meth with purpose to deliver, possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, unauthorized use of property to facilitate a crime, possession of firearms by certain persons and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

Kayla Skinner, 27, was also arrested at the home for possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Detectives are working with the U.S. Secret Service on the counterfeit money case and say additional arrests could be forthcoming.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS.

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