CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) — A Salem Township man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts of counterfeiting after he was arrested in March for allegedly attempting to cash the fake bills in Perry Township.
Chad M. Collins, 28, of 3882 McCracken Road, is accused of producing at least $1,800 in counterfeit $100 bills, according to our print partner, the Lisbon Morning Journal. Collins is accused of passing the fake bills in Ohio and Pennsylvania between Jan. 26 and March 14, including the Circle K on South Lincoln Avenue in Perry Township on March 11.
The newspaper reported that the police department was tipped off to Collins’ activity and staked out the store, using a photo taken from surveillance video during a previous visit in which Collins allegedly attempted to cash the fake bills.
Police said the counterfeit money passed the pen detector test. They said Collins was washing the ink off $5 bills and reprinting the paper in $100 denominations, the newspaper reported.
Collins allegedly had several other phony bills on him when he was arrested at the Circle K, which led to the additional charges.
Perry Township police handed the case over to the U.S. Secret Service for prosecution.