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Man wandering down I-80 arrested; police find counterfeit cash in his vehicle

Ryen E. McNay.
Ryen E. McNay. Placer County Sheriff’s Office

A man found wandering down the middle of Interstate 80 in Placer County was found in possession of $15,000 in counterfeit money, dozens of fake IDs and the personal information of people around the country, according to deputies.

Ryen Erich McNay, 45, was walking in the center of the freeway at about 1:40 a.m. Sept. 22 near Penryn. Deputies arrested McNay on an outstanding warrant and suspicion of identity theft.

In his vehicle, detectives found the false U.S. currency and dozens of false IDs tied to bank accounts, credit cards and checks he had created and printed. Officials said he also had identifying information for 1,800 people from around the world.

He also had tools and materials to make counterfeit money, fraudulent identification and credit cards, according to deputies. Detectives are investigating whether the 1,800 people whose identities McNay is alleged to have had in his possession were defrauded.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews