Suspects Charged in Recent Counterfeit Money Crime Spree

On April 2, 2013, Ocean City Police began receiving numerous complaints regarding counterfeit money. OCPD officers took a total of five reports of counterfeit money being passed or attempted to be passed at local businesses over the next 36 hours.

Justin Michael Scanlon

Justin Michael Scanlon

During the investigation OCPD officers and detectives identified two possible suspects and confirmed that police agencies in Worcester and Wicomico Counties, as well as Sussex County Delaware, were also investigating the passing of similar counterfeit currency.  On April 5, 2013, a suspect identified as: Derrick Ryan Richardson 25, of Parsonsburg, MD, and a female accomplice were arrested by the Fruitland Police Department while attempting to pass the counterfeit money at a local business. 

Derrick Ryan Richardson

Derrick Ryan Richardson

As a result of this arrest, accompanied by the recovery of additional evidence and surveillance video, Ocean City investigators positively identified the suspects who passed the counterfeit currency in Ocean City as: Richardson and Justin Michael Scanlon, 26, of Ocean City. 

Ocean City detectives have charged Scanlon with:

  • Theft Under $100
  • Knowingly Issuing Counterfeit United States Currency
  • Theft Scheme
  • Conspiracy

Richardson had been charged with: 

  • Theft Under $100
  • Knowingly Issuing Counterfeit United States Currency
  • Theft Scheme
  • Conspiracy
  • Manufacturing Counterfeit United States Currency

Both suspects are still in custody at the time of this release.