Youngstown PD charge 4 in movie prop money investigation

They used the fake money to buy things from Youngstown-area online sellers, police said

Robert Wilson III, Dontrell McCreary, Brandon Ogden, Ameerah Ziegler
L to R: Wilson, McCreary, Ogden, Ziegler

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown police have charged four people accused of using fake money to buy things from online sellers.

Two of them have been arrested.

  • Brandon Ogden, 20, of Youngstown, arrested and charged with theft by deception
  • Ameerah Ziegler, 23, of Warren, arrested charged with complicity to theft by deception
  • Robert Wilson III, 27, of Youngstown, charged with theft by deception
  • Dontrell McCreary, 23, of Youngstown, charged with theft by deception

Ogden was picked up Tuesday at the same Mahoning Avenue location where police say he met a couple of victims.

Ziegler turned herself in on Wednesday.

Police are still looking for Wilson and McCreary, who have active warrants for their arrest.

Investigators said the four were involved in using counterfeit cash on at least 14 occasions. Upon looking closely at the bills, you can see that they say “for motion picture use only.”

The four are accused of placing ads on sites like Youngstown-area Facebook Buy, Sell, and Trade pages, Craigslist, LetGo, and OfferUp, looking for audio equipment and other items. Police said they then made the purchase with the movie prop money.

Officers said they also got reports from several convenience and corner stores about people trying to buy things with fake money.

Investigators are still looking into several other cases involving the same and different suspects.

They ask anyone with information to call Det./Sgt. Michael Cox at 330-742-8262.


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