Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Three Arrested in Counterfeit Money Scheme

 

At about 5:40 PM on Thursday, April 10, 2014, an officer performing a detail in District C-6 (South Boston) at the TJMaxx store (7 AllState Road) was approached by a store clerk who reported that a female had just made a purchase with a $100 bill that appeared to be counterfeited.

Further investigation revealed that the same female suspect had made multiple purchases that afternoon in the TJMaxx store with four other $100 bills that also appeared to be counterfeit. The officer observed that these bills had the same serial numbers. The officer then viewed surveillance video that showed the suspect sitting in a black motor vehicle in the parking lot in front of the nearby Target store.

Along with other responding units, the officer approached the vehicle and observed three occupants. The female passenger was identified as the suspect who had passed the counterfeit currency. Eighteen-year-old Adina Chisolm of New York City was arrested and charged with Possession of Counterfeit Notes/Bank Bills.

A search of the vehicle in an attempt to recover the fraudulently purchased merchandise revealed thirteen additional counterfeit $100 notes, over $3,100 in legitimate U.S. paper currency, a pink Vipertek stun gun (electric weapon), merchandise from TJMaxx and Marshalls valued at approximately $600 purchased with counterfeit bills, two large plastic bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and three small plastic bags containing over 250 light blue pills later identified as Oxycodone.

The operator of the vehicle, 31-year-old Monique Bangura of New York City, was arrested and charged with Possession of Counterfeit Notes/Bank Bills, Possession of an Electric Weapon, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, as well as issued a parking citation for illegally parking in a marked handicap spot.

The second passenger, 25-year-old Clevon Grant of New York City, was arrested and charged with Possession of Counterfeit Notes/Bank Bills, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.

As a result of the motor vehicle search, Chisolm incurred additional charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.