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Two charged with printing counterfeit bills

Posted July 18, 2008

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— Police on Friday charged two people with printing counterfeit currency after several bogus bills were passed are area businesses.

Angelica Sulon Usher, 21, of 111 Ridgefield Drive in Dudley, and Travis Thomas, 40, of 671 N. Duffie Road in Red Springs, were charged with six counts each of forgery of notes, checks and other securities.

An undisclosed number of counterfeit bills were passed at area businesses in the last week, police said. Seven were reported to the police department, and others were turned over to the U.S. Secret Service by banks.

The bills were printed on legal U.S. currency paper and appeared to be legitimate $100 bills. But when held up to a light source, a $5 metal strip and the President Lincoln portrait watermark could be seen.

Mount Oliver officers, Wayne County deputies and Secret Service agents searched locations in Mount Olive and Dudley early Friday and seized U.S. currency, counterfeit monies, printing machines and a firearm, police said.

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  • I need my medication PLEESSSEEEE Jul 18, 2008

    Dang Vince,

    Are you telling me that IF they would have bleached a $100 bill instead of a $5 they would not have been caught???

    Stupid Criminals.

  • mfalesana Jul 18, 2008

    It is funny that the Fed. can print paper money backed on nothing but when someone else does it... It's a crime... hmmmm... *scratches head.

  • Vincenzo R. Abacus Jul 18, 2008

    *disclaimer*

    I don't have any specific information on this case - my post below was only an assumption based on info I've heard about other cases.

    @drh3102

    Sorry, my wife just came and took it from me (really!) :p

  • garden Jul 18, 2008

    Like they thought they wouldn't get caught? Duh

  • garden Jul 18, 2008

    LOL twc

  • drh3102 Jul 18, 2008

    WOW! I never knew you could do that. Thank Vince-RA. Would love to hold a $20 up to the light and check it out. Do you have one I can borrow?

  • thompson409035 Jul 18, 2008

    thanks for the info Vince-RA!

  • Vincenzo R. Abacus Jul 18, 2008

    @drh3102

    They bleached the ink off $5 bills and then reprinted them as $100 bills. This is apparently a common forger's trick, and the reason that the redesigned bills all include a metal strip that identifies the denomination. Hold a $20 bill up to the light; you should see an embedded strip with the words "USA TWENTY" on it. I believe every (new) bill from a $5 to a $100 has these strips.

  • drh3102 Jul 18, 2008

    I would like to know how they were able to get U.S. currency papper?

  • enoughsenough Jul 18, 2008

    The govt. prints up counterfeit money all the time because there is nothing backing it up, they are printing useless paper. But if we do it, we go to prison.

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