AMITE — Authorities found $421,000 in counterfeit cash inside a home where a woman is accused of fatally shooting her brother March 18, Amite Police Chief Jerry Trabona said Tuesday.
Officers found about $231,000 in counterfeit cash on the same day Alfred Hill, 62 was shot and killed while he stood outside his home at 118 S. Second St., Trabona said.
His sister, Daryl Lynn Hill, 63, remains in jail on a count of manslaughter, Tangipahoa Parish Jail records reveal.
Officers noticed about half of the cash appeared pale and didn’t carry the usual watermarks of genuine currency, Trabona said.
“Some of it looked pretty good,” Trabona said. “But some of it looked pale-looking.”
Amite officers called the U.S. Secret Service on Monday about the counterfeit cash, Trabona said. The Secret Service has jurisdiction over counterfeit money cases.
Secret Service agents searched the Second Street home Monday and seized four printers and another $190,000 in counterfeit bills. Police are not sure yet who exactly was making the fake cash, Trabona said.
Police do not believe the counterfeit money was a motive for the shooting, but the investigation is ongoing, Trabona said.
Secret Service officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Alfred Hill was about to walk into his house March 18 when Daryl Lynn Hill — who lives in a house on a lot behind her brother’s home — walked outside her home with a pistol, Trabona said.
Alfred Hill laughed, apparently thinking the gun was a toy. The sister responded by shooting the brother, Trabona said.
Alfred Hill later died at a hospital.
Daryl Lynn Hill’s son, who was walking with Alfred Hill, flagged down a patrolling Amite police officer.
Daryl Lynn Hill then barricaded herself inside her home, Trabona has said. Police had to call the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office’s special response team for backup.
Authorities negotiated with the woman for three hours before throwing tear gas into the home, Trabona has said. She responded by calling 911.
Authorities eventually made their way into the home and arrested Hill.