BI RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Three Chicago men have been charged after they were caught passing counterfeit bills in Big Rapids Township and the city of Big Rapids, the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office says.
On Saturday evening, the three started buying things from Jimmy John’s and a Shell gas station, then moved on to Bob Evans, Wesco and Dunham’s Sports. At each location, according to the sheriff’s office, they bought or attempted to buy small items with the fake $100 bills so they could get a lot of change.
When police tracked them down, they found several counterfeit $100 bills and more than $1,500 in real cash.
On Monday, 18-year-old Charles Bradley Winston, 24-year-old Demetrius Dontae Taylor, and Derick D Taylor, 27, were arraigned on charges of passing counterfeit bills and criminal enterprise. Winston and Demetrius Taylor were being held on $150,000 bonds and Derick Taylor on a $200,000 bond.
The sheriff’s office says that between April 10 and April 27, the men used fake bills at least 10 times at seven stores in the Big Rapids area.
Detectives from the sheriff’s office and the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety are working with agents from the U.S. Secret Service, which handles counterfeiting cases. They are looking into whether the men may have been involved in similar incidents in Kent County and Kalamazoo.