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Police: North Hollywood Man Tied to Armenian Counterfeit Ring Arrested For Passing Fake $100s at Casino

Investigators believe the North Hollywood man is tied to 'a large Armenian counterfeit ring currently working in the Los Angeles area,' a sergeant at the sheriff's Cabazon Station said.

A North Hollywood man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of trying to pass counterfeit $100 bills at a high-limit blackjack table in the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, a sheriff's sergeant said.

The incident was reported at 4:27 p.m. Thursday at the casino resort and spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Sgt. James Burton of the sheriff's Cabazon Station said.

Movses Dermishyan, 22, was in the casino's High Limit Room when he attempted to pass five $100 bills to the dealer, and four of the bills had the same serial number, Burton said.

"The dealer alerted security who then detained" Dermishyan, Burton said.

Dermishyan claimed he only had the five $100 bills on him, but he was searched and found in possession of an additional $2,100 in forged bills, Burton said.

"Investigators from the Cabazon Station and agents from the Secret Service responded to assist due to the unusually large volume and sophistication of the currency," Burton said.

"The Secret Service advised the bills were manufactured in Simi Valley and the San Fernando area of Los Angeles," Burton said. "They will be conducting additional investigation into the matter as it ties into a large Armenian counterfeit ring currently working in the Los Angeles area."

Dermishyan was arrested on suspicion of possessing counterfeit currency, burglary, and violation of probation, and booked at Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, Burton said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident was urged to contact Deputy Abasta at the Cabazon Station at (951) 922-7100 or send an email to CabazonStation@RiversideSheriff.org.

Jack M January 28, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Four of the same bills had the same serial number, no wonder he got caught. Criminals are stupid.
Toluca Lake Observer January 28, 2012 at 08:41 PM
They bring their criminality from Yerevan to our backyard. Sad. Dangerous.
John J. Nazarian January 28, 2012 at 08:51 PM
When god gave out brains to many of these 'Armos' they thought he had said "pillows" and asked for a soft one! Some of the dumbest SOB's on the face of this earth! As is obvious by my last name I am of Armenian background....however, born in Boston and dont speak a word of 'Armo'! The mentality is that of a 'rabid moose' with the sense of clumsy chipmunk on 'crack'. John J. Nazarian desperateexes.com
Calabasas January 28, 2012 at 09:37 PM
These FOBers are giving us respectable Armenian Americans a bad name. Go back to Yerevan if you insist on being a scumbag.
Tiko March 22, 2012 at 02:56 AM
you might wanna rethink your comet!! you can easily say the same for Hispanics & Blacks but it is not the case and you cant judge an entire race because of couple of idiots. and in case if you are interested about the Armenians you can simply search Famous Armenians and so on ....
Valadimir February 01, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Mr. Mehoffer, What is your background. An ounce of intelligence would help if you had it. Are you a moth#^&^&* from shi*&%$#?
John J. Nazarian February 02, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I agree with SOME of what Jack clearly stated!!! The truth Ouch! John
John J. Nazarian February 02, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Armo should have stayed in NoHo.... LAPD more or less cannot be bothered by counterfeiters ..... On the other hand it is funny that the Dummy Would go to a casino! No banks around? Just plain stupid or in this case arrogance and ignorance!!! Truly some of the dumbest f$@&s in the world! ' The Armo' John
John J. Nazarian February 02, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Lol right Jack. " Meehoffer " once thing about Jack he keeps his hand on the issue!
Toluca Lake Observer February 04, 2013 at 01:11 AM
John, you are in rare form on this one. And, yes, your last name tags you in an unfortunate way with all the thousands and thousands of creeps who share your heritage--but not your ethics and morals. I can certainly tell the difference.
Andre N March 03, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Some people don't have money to go to school and want an easy way out, you gotta do what you gotta do. It's hard on some niggas. If your saying Armenians are dumb they're one of the smartest people out there, werever they go they make it. Legal or illegal they're not hurting the people like these other stupid thieves that rob houses and rob liquer stores. The only people they're hurting while doing fraud is the government and I'm sure if rhe government wanted they have enough money an skills to help everyone to live a good life and wouldn't have to do fraud.
John J. Nazarian March 03, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Andre, there is a huge difference in being smart and a low life degenerate sneak thief! I do agree with some of what you stated as to the government. These Armos don't realize that it is that stupid shaved head and genie shoes that 'smart' people see and begin to get their guard up. The other thing that is great about Armos, just show them a photo of where they will do their time and presto! They begin to sing like ugly canaries!
Stephanie March 04, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Cheating the government hurts us all. We pay higher taxes to cover the fraud from social services like unemployment, disability, food stamps, etc. And the government doesn't owe them anything, no matter how much money the government has. Get a clue. Doing what you "gotta do" doesn't mean being a felon.
Art Ur August 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Everyone who left a comment here including the so called "Armenians" are bunch of faggots. You racist morons need a reality check.
Art Ur August 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM
John Nazar"ian" get lost you punk...you haven't been Armenian for few decades now...you are a "white washed" moron who is bad mouthing our culture because of few idiots... people like you deserve to be slapped so hard that your cheeks remain red for the rest of your life. MORON.
John T. August 16, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Just because he is Armenian doesnt mean an explanation is required for his actions by people who armenian. The same way I dont expect Italians or Jews to apologize for the behaviors of their mobsters or low-lifes on Wall Street (ie the Bernie Madoffs of the world).
Amy August 16, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Things like this happen every day. Why do you guys have to be so rude about Armenians? Hispanics and blacks do even worse stuff. So dont judge our entire race cuz of these stupid criminals

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