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Police found Gines and another man, John Anthony Gines, inside the home, and a stolen truck parked out front, according to court records. An officer who searched the truck reportedly found counterfeit $50 bills, several syringes, a burnt spoon, a pistol holder and a "to-do" list which began with "check out house/out of town."
Gines is charged with seven counts related to the alleged crime: burglary, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of forged writing, failure to stop at command of a law enforcement officer, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft by receiving stolen property.
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In a separate case, Gines was charged in February with seven counts related to a counterfeit money printing operation.
According to court records, Gines and John Anthony Gines had left their car running in a parking lot at a West Valley City motel, and police officer looked through the car window and saw what appeared to be counterfeit bills, a syringe and a spoon in plain view.
The two men fled when they saw the officer, but were arrested soon after. John Gines allegedly admitted to officers he printed fake money using a printer at his girlfriend’s house. David Gines was charged with five counts of possession of forged writing, one count of forgery and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
David Gines’ past criminal history in Utah includes convictions for retail theft, interfering with arrest and illegal possession or use of drugs.
Cowley has also been named by the Utah Fraternal Order of Police as being the main investigator in 19 criminal cases that were dismissed by Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill earlier this week. Gill, who did not identify Cowley as the officer in question, cited a lack of "sufficient credible evidence with which to obtain a conviction."
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