Man faces counterfeiting charges

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

Collins, 28, resides at 3882 McCracken Road, and according to the indictment issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Collins, in count one, defrauded while falsely making, forging, counterfeiting at least $1,800 in bogus $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.

In counts two through five, the U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach said Collins, “with intent to defraud, did pass, utter, publish, and sell, a falsely made, forged, and counterfeited” $100 bill “which he then knew to be falsely made, forged and counterfeited.

Count one is in violation of Title 18, USC, Sect. 471 while the four other counts are in violation of Title 18, USC, Sect. 472.

No court proceedings have yet been scheduled.

Emigh said Perry Township police arrested Collins on March 11, charging him with four counts of criminal simulation after he 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 Collin’s car from a previous visit.

“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 in him when arrested leading to the additional counts, Emigh said.

The criminal simulation charges are misdemeanors and the Perry Township Police department was contacted by the Secret Service.

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

Collins was reportedly washing the ink off five dollar bills and reprinting the paper in $100 denominations.

Emigh said the bills started “popping up everywhere.”