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UPDATE: Counterfeit Currency Arrests

Counterfeit Suspects Williams and Baily 2012004914

Counterfeit Suspects Williams and Baily 2012004914

On July 9, 2012, Ocean City Police investigators received information from the Fruitland, Maryland Police Department, in reference to the arrest of two adult male suspects for the possession and passing of counterfeit currency.

Fruitland detectives were aware that the OCPD was also investigating a rash of counterfeit currency crimes and believed the suspects in their custody may be involved in the Ocean City cases as well. 

Based in the preliminary information provided by the Fruitland Police, OCPD investigators were able to determine that the two persons arrested in Fruitland, were in-fact suspects who were captured on surveillance cameras passing counterfeit currency in Ocean City during the weekend of July 6, 2012. 

 

The two subjects arrested and charged by the Fruitland Police Department were identified as: Deontrae Lamar Bailey, 19, from Pocomoke, MD and Quincy Lene Williams, 21, of Norfolk, VA. 

The subsequent investigation revealed the two subjects arrested by police passed counterfeit U.S. Currency in Fruitland, Ocean City, Princess Anne, and Pocomoke.  A joint investigation was initiated by all these police departments, including the United States Secret Service. 

During the investigation, area police have so far recovered several thousand dollars in counterfeit U.S. Currency which has been linked to these two suspects.  Several regional Banks are still locating counterfeit U.S. Currency from deposits of local merchants. 

Both Willams and Bailey have been charged by the OCPD with:

  • 4 counts of Theft under $100 (misdemeanor)
  • 2 counts of Attempted Theft under $100  (misdemeanor)
  • 1 count Manufacturing Counterfeit Currency (Felony)
  • 1 count Conspiracy to Manufacture Counterfeit Currency (misdemeanor)
  • 1 count of Conspiracy to Issue or Possess Currency (misdemeanor)
  • 1 count of Conspiracy to commit theft (misdemeanor)
  • 2 counts Possession of Forged Currency (misdemeanor)

Both Williams and Bailey are being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

The Ocean City Police Department is warning residents, business owners and employees to be on the lookout for counterfeit currency.

Ocean City Police are asking anyone with information about this incident, or the suspects involved, to please contact the Ocean City Police Department at 410.723.6600.

In addition Ocean City Police are encouraging citizens to closely examine currency by looking carefully at the money you receive. Citizens should be aware of the security features located on currency. The three main security features located on bills are: color-shifting inks on the number, security threads, which display the denomination of the currency imbedded in the bill and the watermark of the main image on the face of the bill located on the right side of note.

Ocean City Police Department is offering these tips to detect suspicious or counterfeit currency:

  • The genuine portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat. Details merge into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.
  • On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are clear, distinct and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt or broken saw-tooth points.
  • Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced. The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

Ocean City Police are asking that residents and businesses contact the department if you locate suspicious currency. In addition, the department reminds businesses and community groups that a crime prevention officer is available to conduct counterfeit awareness presentations upon appointment through the Public Affairs Office.

For further information on detecting counterfeit U. S. currency, citizens are encouraged to visit the United States Secret Service Web site at: http://www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml

 

OCEAN CITY POLICE COUNTERFEIT INVESTIGATION LEADS POLICE TO SEPARATE SUSPECTS

On Saturday, July 6, 2012, Ocean City Police began investigating several subjects passing counterfeit currency in the downtown area. 

In two separate cases, officers responded to businesses on the boardwalk where counterfeit $20 bills were recovered.  Police recovered four counterfeit $20 bills, from the two different locations, with matching serial numbers IL 3595791D. OCPD detectives were able to link the cases together and were able to recover surveillance images of two persons believed to be involved in the passing of the counterfeit money. 

At this time, Ocean City Police investigators are requesting the public’s assistance to help identify the two white males pictured here:

Anyone who may know the identity of these suspects is asked to contact the Ocean City Police Departments Criminal Investigation Division, DFC Perry at: 410-520-5439.

Ocean City Police are asking that residents and businesses contact the department if you locate suspicious currency. The OCPD reminds citizens that almost all modern legitimate currency should have; watermarks, security threads and color-shifting ink marks. For additional information about counterfeit currency identification, citizens should go to http://www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml  or www.moneyfactory.gov  In addition; the department reminds businesses and community groups that a crime prevention officer is available to conduct counterfeit awareness presentations upon appointment through the Public Affairs Office.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DUI AFTER NUMEROUS HIT AND RUN ACCIDENTS

On July 9, 2012, at approximately 10:15 p.m., Ocean City Police were in the area of 28th Street and Coastal Highway when they witnessed a truck driving on its rims.  At the same time, Ocean City Police communications received numerous calls regarding a vehicle matching the description of the truck involved in several traffic collisions from 20th Street to 28th Street.

The driver of the vehicle, who was stopped by police on Robin Drive, was identified as Michael Keith Hall, 43, of Greenwood, DE.  Hall, who exited the vehicle at the time of the stop, admitted to police he was under the influence of alcohol.

While speaking with Hall, officers learned that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest through the state of Delaware. In addition, during the conversation, Hall made several threats, stating that he would “kill” and “snipe” police.  Police searched Hall’s vehicle and located a rifle, a pistol holster with blanks, binoculars, a spotting scope and several knives.

Hall was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol and negligent driving.  In addition, over 60 traffic citations were issued to Hall in reference to failing to stop after an accident, failure to return to and remain at the scene of accident, reckless driving and speeding.

At the time of this release, Hall was being held on a $25,000 bond after an initial appearance in front of an Ocean City District Court Commissioner.

Ocean City Police Seeking Public’s Assistance in Identifying Assault Suspect

The Ocean City Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating the suspect of an attempted sexual assault that occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. On that date, Ocean City Police Department responded to the area of 4200 Coastal Highway in reference to an attempted assault that had already occurred.

OCPD officers met with a female victim who told police that she was walking home when an unknown male initiated a conversation with her.  A short time after, the male suspect pushed the victim into the bushes and attempted to sexually assault her.  During the attack, the victim was able to fight the attacker causing significant injury the suspect’s ear.

The suspect, who is a white male, is described as being approximately 5’10”, approximately 170 pounds and in his mid-20’s to early-30’s. In addition, it is believed that the suspect would have a visible injury to his ear.

Ocean City Police are asking anyone with information about this incident, or the suspect involved, to please contact Detective N. Simpson Ocean City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, at 410-520-5349.  Those providing information may remain anonymous.

VIGILANT EMPLOYEES DETECT COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY, OCEAN CITY POLICE SEEKING ASSISTANCE IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS

The Ocean City Police Department is warning residents, business owners and employees to be on the lookout for counterfeit currency. On Friday, July 6, 2012, Ocean City Police responded to three boardwalk businesses in reference to two males attempting to pass counterfeit bills.

The first incident, which occurred at approximately 7:40 p.m., took place in the 200 block of Atlantic Avenue, at which time the suspects attempted to make a small purchase with a counterfeit $20 bill. Employees at the establishment recognized the counterfeit currency and denied the sale, at which time the suspects fled the area.

The suspects made two additional attempts, one at approximately 10:54 p.m. in the 100 block of South Atlantic Avenue and the other at 11:10 p.m. in the 400 block of South Atlantic Avenue. In both instances, the employees detected the counterfeit bill by using a counterfeit pen.

The Ocean City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspects who attempted to pass the counterfeit currency. The suspects are described as two African American males.

•One suspect had short, black hair and was wearing a gray shirt and blue pants. He was believed to be approximately 17-years-old and approximately 5’7” tall.
•The second suspect had long, black braided hair, pulled back into a ponytail, and was wearing a black shirt. He had a dark complexion and was believed to be approximately 17 years old and approximately 5’8” tall.

Ocean City Police are asking anyone with iabout this incident, or the suspects involved, to please contact the Ocean City Police Department at 410.723.6600. In addition, Ocean City Police are encouraging citizens to closely examine currency by looking carefully at the money you receive. Citizens should be aware of the security features located on currency. The three main security features located on bills are: shifting inks on the number, security threads, which display the denomination of the currency imbedded in the bill and the watermark of the main image on the face of the bill located on the right side of note.

Ocean City Police Department is offering these tips to detect suspicious or counterfeit currency:

•The genuine portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat. Details merge into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.
•On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are clear, distinct and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt or broken saw-tooth points.
•Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced. The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

Ocean City Police are asking that residents and businesses contact the department if you locate suspicious currency. In addition, the department reminds businesses and community groups that a crime prevention officer is available to conduct counterfeit awareness presentations upon appointment through the Public Affairs Office.

For further information on detecting counterfeit U. S. currency, citizens are encouraged to visit the United States Secret Service Web site at: http://www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml
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