Married parolees arrested on suspicion of fraud, making counterfeit money in Irvine

IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) -- A married couple who were both on parole were arrested on suspicion of various drug and counterfeit money charges Thursday in Irvine.

Around 11 a.m., Irvine police officers stopped the couples' car because they were in violation of their parole. Christopher Shopshire, 26, and his wife Stacie Shopshire, 25, were both ordered to stay away from each other as part of the conditions of their parole because they were known to commit crimes together.

Both were on parole for previous crimes involving drugs, robbery, burglary and fraud, authorities said. During the stop, the Shopshires were also found in possession of an undisclosed amount of counterfeit $100 bills.

Irvine officers then conducted a search of an Irvine home and an Orange motel connected to the Shopshires. In the home, authorities found methamphetamine, heroin, prescription pills, fake checks and equipment for making counterfeit bills. Authorities found additional counterfeit money, a knife and a baton in the motel, police said.

Authorities arrested the couple on suspicion of violating their parole, possession of equipment to manufacture counterfeit bills, possession of counterfeit bills, possession of fake checks and various drug offenses.
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