Counterfeit bills on the loose in Summerville
Two incidents of counterfeit bills were reported being passed May 10, to Summerville Police.
At New York Beauty & Fashion on Bacon’s Bridge Road, the complainant reported receiving four $100 bills that proved to be counterfeit.
An unknown black male purchased $340 worth of clothing paying with the four bills. The complainant knows they came from that subject as they were the only $100 bills he had been given since he last checked the drawer. The complainant did not have a counterfeit pen at the time of the transaction but purchased one the following day and discovered the bills to be counterfeit.
On May 10, Summerville High School had four incidents of counterfeit $20 bills being passed in the cafeteria.
Four students were identified as having used the bills for small dollar-amount purchases or simply asking to exchange them for smaller denominations.
One student claimed to have found the bills, the day before, on the ground in the Tastee Freeze parking lot across the street from the high school. He claimed he asked for change because “he doesn’t like big bills.”
The student then admitted to having lied when stating he had only found two bills and, in fact, had given bills to the other students.
All four students claimed no knowledge that the bills were counterfeit and all four were Mirandized before speaking with officials.
The student who had handed out the bills was suspended from school.
All incidents of counterfeit money are turned over to the Secret Service, said SPD’s Captain Jon Rogers.