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Salem Township man guilty of counterfeiting

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A Salem Township man will be sentenced in Federal Court for manufacturing fake $100 dollar bills.

28-year-old Chad Collins appeared in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to counterfeiting. Four counts of passing counterfeit money were dropped.

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 phony bills showed up in other communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Collins will be sentenced on October 20.

 

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