Sherman PD Busts Counterfeiter


During the month of February 2006 the Sherman Police Department began investigating cases in which counterfeit currency was passed at several local businesses. On February 27, 2006 Sherman officers, following up on a reported counterfeit case, conducted a consent search at a residence on Archer Drive in Sherman. Officers recovered a large amount of counterfeit currency. The 28 year old resident was arrested.

Investigation resulted in the identification of Terry Joseph Wiersgalla Jr. as a person responsible for manufacturing and passing of the counterfeit money.

On Wednesday, March 1, 2006 Sherman officers arrested Wiersgalla at a residence in Savoy, Texas on an outstanding warrant for Forgery of a Government Document. Officers recovered a stolen vehicle and handgun from Wiersgalla. Grayson County SO authorities initially spotted Wiersgalla driving the stolen vehicle and followed it to the residence in Savoy. They then alerted Sherman PD authorities.

Along with Wiersgalla, officers arrested a 17 year old female at the Savoy residence for an outstanding Grayson County Possession of Marijuana warrant. Grayson County Sheriff's Office, Fannin County Sheriff's Office and the US Secret Service assisted in the investigation and arrest.

Additional charges and more arrests are anticipated in the counterfeiting case. More than $20,000.00 in counterfeit money has been recovered by Sherman PD. Other police agencies investigating related countefeit money cases include Pottsboro, Van Alstyne, Denison, Bonham, Anna, Bells, and Howe.

In October of 2005, Wiersgalla bonded out of the Grayson County jail for several felony offenses unrelated to the counterfeiting investigation.