Al­leged Ris­ing Sun-area coun­ter­feit­ers in cus­tody

Part of a multi-state ring, police say

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Police from New Jer­sey to Ge­or­gia have been look­ing for the peo­ple in cus­tody on North Queen Street for their role in an al­leged in­ter­state coun­ter­feit­ing op­er­a­tion, of­fi­cials re­ported.

Ris­ing Sun Police Chief Fran­cis “Chip” Peter­son said the sus­pects — who will likely face both state and fed­eral charges — were ar­rested Tues­day, a day af­ter their pho­tos had been cir­cu­lated from the sur­veil­lance cam­eras at A-Plus on East Main Street.

“With the help of so­cial me­dia, we were able to ID those two and we’re start­ing to ID oth­ers,” he said.

RIS­ING SUN

Peter­son de­clined to iden­tify the pair, ex­cept to say they are from Ce­cil County, due to the on­go­ing na­ture of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

More than three Ris­ing Sun busi­nesses were vic­tim­ized by ac­cept­ing the fake cash as real for pur­chases, Peter­son said.

Police in Penn­syl­va­nia, New Jer­sey and along the East Coast south to Ge­or­gia are work­ing on sim­i­lar cases where peo­ple in groups at­tempt to pass the fake cur­rency by mak­ing small pur­chases with $20 and $50 coun­ter­feit bills.

Peter­son told the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers Tues­day night of the ar­rest and in­di­cated the case would likely be turned over the U.S. Se­cret Ser­vice for pros­e­cu­tion.

“Be­cause it has mul­ti­ple ju­ris­dic­tion, it’s typ­i­cally han­dled by a fed­eral agency,” he said.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF RSPD

Police be­lieve this per­son was in­volved in pass­ing coun­ter­feit bills in Ris­ing Sun.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF RSPD

Police be­lieve this per­son was in­volved in pass­ing coun­ter­feit bills in Ris­ing Sun.

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