Special to the Grove Sun Daily
FAIRLAND – The Fairland police chief has been fired and is under investigation after allegedly being caught on a Vinita Wal-Mart surveillance video passing four counterfeit bills while in uniform.
A Vinita police report identified William (Billy) Ray Moore, 31, of Chelsea as the suspect. He was fired on Friday.
A man identified as Moore was videotaped buying a pre-paid Visa card with four counterfeit $100 bills on Oct. 17 around 6:40 p.m., according to the police report.
The suspect had a holstered pistol and was wearing a polo style police shirt with an embroidered badge, the report states. The shirt had the word "Fairland” on it, a Wal-Mart assistant manager told police, the report stated.
The Vinita Police Department seized the counterfeit bills and turned them over to the U.S. Secret Service, which has jurisdiction over investigations involving counterfeit money.
Moore could not be reached for comment Monday and Fairland police officer Tony Wiseley has been named acting interim police chief.
Where did the bills come from?
Tawni Lorene Gaines, 36 of Fairland was charged last August with forgery and second-degree counterfeiting, said Ottawa County District Attorney Eddie Wyant.
Those counterfeit bills were kept at the Fairland police department.
Wyant said the case against Gaines will be dismissed and turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office in Tulsa for possible federal prosecution.
Eric Wade, Fairland’s town attorney, confirmed Monday that Moore is no longer acting police chief or with the police department.
Wade also confirmed Secret Service agents were in the rural Ottawa County community for the last four days, but declined to say what they are investigating.
According to a recent Wal-Mart credit card statement, the Visa card was used by Moore on Oct.16, 18, 20 and Nov. 1 for four purchases totaling $783.13. The majority of those were for food, toiletries, a microwave oven, and a $178 Philips home theater system, according to the statement.