3 Georgians face counterfeit charges in Texas

Two men and a woman from metro Atlanta face counterfeiting charges after being caught with several thousands of dollars worth of fake cash in Texas.

The trio was stopped Wednesday at 9 a.m. by deputies with Orange County Sheriff's Office for allegedly following another vehicle too closely, police said.

After getting permission from the driver to the search the 2010 Hyundai, deputies found thousands of dollars of "highly altered" counterfeit U.S. currency, the sheriff's office said. Investigators believe the three may have been involved in a multi-state crime ring.

Those placed under arrest were Arthur Muhammad, 60, of Lithonia, Amirah Price, 29, of Stone Mountain, and 41-year-old David Haynes of Decatur, police said.

The three face 15 felony counts of possession of counterfeited instruments totaling thousands of dollars, police said. They were transported to the Orange County jail, where bond was set at $50,000 each.

Price and Muhammad posted bond, but Haynes was still in custody Thursday evening, a jail spokesman said.

The U.S. Secret Service was contacted to assist in the investigation, the sheriff's office said.