Five people were arrested on Friday afternoon after using counterfeit bills at several local businesses.
We spoke with Effingham Police Chief Fuesting regarding the matter recently. According to Chief Fuesting, the Police Department was alerted on Friday by an employee at a local business after they recognized that a bill given to them was counterfeit. Fuesting stated that the employee provided a description of the suspects and officers patrolling in the area stopped the suspects’ vehicle during a car stop. After apprehending the suspects and searching their car, the police officers discovered counterfeit $100 bills on the suspects and in the vehicle. Additionally, one suspect was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. The five suspects, 31 year old, Jeanette L Jones, of Calumet Park, 18 year old, Nianna D Reed, of Chicago, 32 year old, Casey L Myers, of St Charles, 31 year old, Mark W Washington, of Chicago, and 33 year old, Reginald L Tate, of Chicago were all charged with forgery. Myers was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Chief Fuesting stated that the employee that discovered the counterfeit bill had taken a counterfeit bill training held by the Effingham Police Department. At this time, eight businesses were given the counterfeit bills.
(Photos courtesy of the Effingham County Jail)