Man Charged After Printer, Fake Cash Found in Centralia Hotel Room

By The Chronicle

Prosecutors charged a man this week with attempting to manufacture fake $100 bills in a Centralia motel room last year.

Jacob Carl Stomberg, 31, of Snohomish, was charged Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court with forgery.

He is currently incarcerated in the Washington Corrections Center on an unrelated conviction for violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act and other charges, according to the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office. He is currently serving a sentence of about six years.

According to court documents, an officer from the Centralia Police Department responded on March 3, 2016, to a motel in the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue in Centralia after an employee found a printer and fake money in the room while cleaning.

The employee reported she saw a printer, bleach, gloves with ink on the fingertips and paper with $100 bills partially printed on it.

Police executed a search warrant for the room and found the items described by the motel employee.

Police identified Stomberg as a suspect after learning he rented the room. The motel reportedly took a copy of his driver’s license when he checked in.

Stomberg reportedly returned to the hotel on March 29, 2016, and attempted to rent another room but was turned away by the manager.

He was sent a summons to appear for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 29 and but did not appear.