According to neighbors, a DeRidder couple recently arrested on counterfeit currency charges, kept their illegal activity below the radar.

Christopher Tanner, 44, and Debbie West, 43, were initially discovered when a hotel clerk noticed they had used counterfeit bills at a hotel in Mobile, Alabama.

After a police raid of their hotel room, officials discovered counterfeit money, a printing machine, and other equipment used in the process of forging currency.

Tanner and West were arrested on nine counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The couple lived in a home at Le Mayve Estates in DeRidder, near Ivan Smith Furniture. Although the homes are close together, neighbors said they did not know much about Tanner and West. It came as a shock to find out they lived so close to people who allegedly made counterfeit money.

Le Mayve Estates resident Dana Falcon said the couple were away from their home often. And when they were home, they kept a “low profile,” he said.

Some neighbors reported having seen a child at Tanner and West’s home.

It is unclear at this time as to the nature of the relationship between the couple and sighted child.  Upon arrest, it was just Tanner and West; no child.

“They rarely came outside for very long, and they never really talked to anyone,” Falcon said. “They were gone a lot.” The couple traveled a lot according to neighbors. 

The Mobile Police Department (MPD) told the Beauregard Daily News that they discovered the couple once lived in the Mobile area.

Tanner also owns another home in Port Neches, Texas.

MPD Financial Crimes Division is currently handling the case and has not yet released further details about this case.