On Thursday, July 12, 2012, at approximately 8:45 p.m., Ocean City Police responded to the area of 7th Street and Philadelphia Avenue in response to a call for two suspects who had just passed a counterfeit $100 bill. When police arrived in the area, one suspect was being detained by employees of the establishment and one suspect had fled.
At approximately 9:05 p.m., Ocean City Police received an additional call from a business on 4th Street and Atlantic Avenue for a suspect who was attempting to pass a counterfeit $100 bill. The employee, who was able to determine the bill was fake, stalled the suspect until officers arrived.
An initial investigation revealed that the two suspects, who were identified as Gusyen Aliyev, 28, of Brooklyn, NY and Mikhail Eugene Dikler, 29, of Brooklyn, NY, were entering into local businesses and using a counterfeit $100bill to purchase a nominal item. The counterfeit bill, which was a very high quality of counterfeit, would yield the suspects in excess of approximately $90 of change in real U.S. currency.
As a result of the investigation, 16 counterfeit $100 bills were recovered. In addition, approximately $5,000 in actual U.S. currency, believed to be the proceeds of these counterfeiting crimes, was seized. Aliyev and Dikler were arrested and charged with multiple counts of possession of counterfeit, the issuing of counterfeit and theft. After an initial appearance by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner, both men were held on a $35,000 bond.
The Ocean City Police Department commends the businesses that had the diligence to detect and deter these crimes by contacting law enforcement. Citizens are encouraged closely examine currency by looking carefully at the money you receive by being 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