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Greenville teens charged in counterfeit scheme

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GREENVILLE, Pa. - Surveillance video helped police nab three teens in connection with an apparent counterfeit money scheme.

18-year-old Mathew Johnson, 18-year-old Nicholas Davis and a 17-year-old male all face charges in connection with using bogus 100 dollar bills throughout Mercer County.

Police believe that the alleged perpetrators would use chemicals to wash the ink from bills of lower denominations, then print $100 dollar images on the paper.

Evidence collected at one of the teen's homes included cleaners, computer equipment and other materials used in the counterfeit money making process.

Authorities became aware of the alleged scheme on February when the owner of the Family Dollar in Greenville told police that she had received two counterfeit $100 bills.

Police report that Johnson admitted passing the bills at the Family Dollar to buy mouthwash and toilet paper, then he split the authentic money he received in change with Davis.

Johnson also told police that he spent another counterfeit $100 bill on three hot dogs and sodas at the Majestic Bar, and split the change with Davis.


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