Bills termed bogus

CLEVELAND – A federal grand jury on Monday indicted Chad M. Collins of Salem Township on five counts of counterfeiting on Monday.

Collins, 28, of 3882 McCracken Road, is accused of producing at least $1,800 in counterfeit $100 bills.

Beginning on Jan. 26 through March 14, Collins allegedly passed the counterfeit bills in Ohio and Pennsylvania including at the Circle K on South Lincoln Avenue, according to Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh.

No proceedings have yet been scheduled in U.S. District Court here.

Emigh said Perry Township police arrested Collins on March 11, charging him with four counts of criminal simulation after he allegedly attempted to cash bogus bills at the Circle K store on South Lincoln Avenue.

Police were tipped off and staked out the store and had a picture of Collins’ car from a previous visit, the chief said.

“That was the night before, the clerk wouldn’t take the bill … didn’t have enough to cash it or something,” Emigh said.

“We got lucky,” he said noting the bill passed the counterfeit money detector pen test.

Collins allegedly had several other phony bills when arrested, leading to the additional counts, Emigh said.

The criminal simulation charges are misdemeanors and township police were contacted by the Secret Service.

“We talked to the feds and dropped our charges,” Emigh said.

Collies was reportedly washing the ink off $5 bills and reprinting the paper in $100 denominations.

Emigh said the bills started “popping up everywhere.”