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$20,000 in movie money, stolen games land Austintown man in jail

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An Austintown man is facing charges after investigations into fake money in several Valley communities. 

Austintown Police arrested 33-year-old Donald Mulholland over the weekend on charges of theft, possessing criminal tools, receiving stolen property, and criminal simulation. 

According to police, officers were called out to a victim who reportedly told them that he was attempting to sell an iPhone over the app LetGo. The victim told officers that he met Mulholland at Valentini's Trax and exchanged the phone for $300, however, after leaving, the victim said that he noticed the money was fake. 

A short while later, police say they went to an apartment in order to arrest Mulholland. However, police say when they pulled into the parking lot they saw Mulholland run inside. 

A report says Mulholland refused to come downstairs or talk to police until the owner of the apartment escorted them upstairs. 

Police say Mulholland told officers "man you got me, I f***** up". 

Officers say Mulholland then admitted to giving the victim fake money for an iPhone because he "is going through tough times". 

Police say they searched the apartment and found more than $12,000 in fake money that read "ONLY MOTION PICTURE PURPOSES" on it. 
Mulholland also allegedly told police that there was additional money in his car. Officers say they discovered an extra $8,000 in movie money and a shipping label from Amazon. 

According to the report, during the search of the apartment and the car they found a PlayStation 4, game controllers, charging cables, miscellaneous video games, an Xbox One console, an iPhone 8, an iPhone 6, ammunition, and a rifle magazine. 

Police say the items found during the search match descriptions of stolen items in several investigations, including two others in Austintown, one in Lake Milton, and one in Hubbard. 

Austintown Police say Hubbard's investigation also pertained to four stolen guns, however, those were not listed as being found in Mulholland's apartment. 

Several of those incidents stem from early April. 

According to police, a similar incident happened in early April when a victim met Mulholland in a Walmart parking lot to sell his Apple iPhone 7 for $455 on the Letgo app.

According to the victim, the "buyer" handed him the money and asked to inspect the phone.

After he handed the phone over, that's when the "buyer" sped away in his car.

It wasn't until then that the victim realized that he had been given counterfeit money.

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