(Times Of Wayne County)
In one case involving a Newark man, the $10 bills look very good, but feel bad to the touch. It really did not matter since the man was sticking them in envelopes and passing them off to drug dealer in exchange for marijuana. Unfortunately, police believe they were also being passed around area stores, including some at Eastview Mall in Victor.
The bills, including $20 and $50s, besides feeling wrong to the touch, are also a bit off in size. The serial numbers all match each other, but a cashier in a hurry can be easily fooled into accepting the phony money.
On Wednesday (3/18) Robert D. DeTaeye Jr., age 16, of 866 Pierson Avenue in Newark was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree after an investigation revealed that he used eleven counterfeit twenty-dollar bills to purchase items from an individual. The incident occurred on February 4, 2015 in the parking lot of a retail establishment in the Town of Victor.
DeTaeye was arraigned before Justice Reh ofthe Town of Victor Court and remanded to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $2000 cash bail and will answer the charge at a later date in the Town of Victor Court.
In the case involving a crew of black men working out of Rochester, the $20 bills have been passed at about every Walmart as far as Seneca County. A man enters the store and buys a pre-paid credit card. As soon as the transaction is complete, he walks over to an ATM machine, swipes the card and receives fresh, real $20 bills back. The money laundering is complete.
Two weeks ago the Macedon Walmart was stung to the tune of $700.
The bills, if held up are missing the implanted government strips, but again, a cashier in a hurry accepts the bogus cash. In this case, police said the paper used in the caper feels like the real thing.
A check over the internet reveals a conning counterfeiter can buy “currency grade” paper from foreign sellers. No, it is not the same as U.S. paper money, but close enough to fool the quick exchange transaction.
In both cases, police believe off-the-shelf color printers are being used.
The U.S. Secret Service is investigating the Rochester connection, viewing store surveillance videos and using facial recognition software in an attempt to identify members of the gang.
Newark Police indicated the arrest of another person, believed to actually be the producer of the counterfeit money is pending. Store owners and cashiers are asked to notify police if suspicious bills appear.