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Feds charge Salem Township man with counterfeiting cash

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Federal investigators say a Salem Township man manufactured fake $100 dollar bills then tried to spend them.

A federal grand jury handed up a five count indictment against 28-year-old Chad Collins,

Prosecutors say that between January and March of this year, Collins made 18 counterfeit one hundred dollar bills.

The indictment says he either passed, or attempted to pass some of the bills on four separate occasions.

Perry Township Police arrested Collins in February after he tried to use one of the counterfeit bills at the Circle K store on Lincoln Avenue.

Police say the counterfeit bills were actually five dollar bills that the ink had been washed off, and were  reprinted to look like 100 dollar bills.

Although counterfeit marking pens could not detect the bogus bills, police say that the bill could be identified as a five dollar denomination by holding it up to the light.

Police say the same type of phoney bills showed up in other communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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