BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Three Ohio men are in the Mahoning County Friday, after police said they attempted to use counterfeit bills at a Boardman Wal Mart store.
Police arrested Raymond Armstrong, 55, Lafoe White, 23, and Myron Haskins Jr. 25. Police said the three men, all from Toledo, tried to spend fake money at the Boardman Walmart store around 11 o’clock last night.
Investigators believe they intended to buy an ink cartridge with five counterfeit 10-dollar bills. Police say the cashier realized the money wasn’t real, and that’s when the suspects ran out of the store.
They drove away in a 1997 Dodge Intrepid, and an employee got a license plate number. Investigators found the out-of-town address and searched local hotels throughout the night.
Police found the vehicle around 5 a.m. Friday at the Red Roof Inn in Boardman, where the suspects were staying.
In their hotel room, police found $1300 in counterfeit 10- and 20-dollar bills and a printer used to make them.
Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Marty Desmond said this type of activity is not uncommon.
“What you see is a trend. You’ll see a lot of this at one time. A flurry of activity. And then it might die down for a period of time,” Desmond said. “Then, months, years later, what have you, you’ll see it come up again.”
The suspects face felony charges for criminal simulation and possession of criminal tools.
“This is something the federal government does look at, Secret Service does handle cases involving counterfeit monies,” Desmond said. “I don’t know if they’ll be getting involved in this case or not, but I’ve had cases where they have been involved.”
The three men are expected to make their initial appearance in court Tuesday morning.