WAVERLY, Ohio (WCMH) — It is estimated $500,000 a year is taken in by Secret Service in the central Ohio region in counterfeit bills.
In Waverly, they have added to that number after police and businesses teamed up to find some suspects.
Police Chief Larry Roe says officers responded to a business calling on a woman trying to pass what was believed to be a fake $100 dollar bill.
When they arrived, they arrested the woman and two people in a car outside of the business.
Pam Bulgamore is the owner of Sport-N-Shoes in Waverly, and got one of these bogus $100 bills.
“Let’s face it, we work hard. We work a lot of hours. To have someone take it from you makes you angry,” Bulgamore said.
When Bulgamore learned it was a fake, she went out to try and find the car and the people responsible.
She did, in a restaurant parking lot, and called police.
Waverly police already had two reports of someone trying to pass bogus bills and rushed to the location. Eric McCallom, Rajon Drake, and Danielle Bowman were charged with forgery without authority, and police called the Secret Service.
“They ran serial numbers, “Sgt. Joe Taylor of Waverly Police said. “These $100 bills passed throughout the state of Ohio,”
Late Wednesday afternoon, more counterfeit bills with the same serial number of G20147087A popped up in Circleville and Scioto County.
If you see these bills, contact local authorities.