Police: Visalia arrest uncovers counterfeit money, stolen mail

The Fresno BeeJune 19, 2014 

A Visalia man arrested for check fraud is being investigated by the Secret Service for making counterfeit money and by the U.S. Postal Service for stealing mail.

Shannon Sorrells, 35, was arrested Tuesday by Visalia police at his home and storage unit in the 400 block of West Paradise Ave.

Sorrells was arrested on suspicion of giving bad checks to a grocery store, convenience store and pest control business, and investigators armed with a search warrant found material used to make fake checks and counterfeit currency, police said.

They also found a stolen trailer, heroin and community mailboxes stolen last month and this month in Visalia. Stolen mail was found in Sorrell's home, car and storage unit, police said.

Police contacted the U.S. Postal Service and the Secret Service. He could face federal charges for mail theft and counterfeiting.

He was booked on suspicion of check fraud, identity theft, commercial burglary, forgery, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and possession of counterfeit currency.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6104,lgriswold@fresnobee.com or @fb_LewGriswold on Twitter.

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