montage counterfeit 12 23 10 Police Say Counterfeiting Suspects Joined Holiday Shoppers

Photos courtesy South Windsor Police

South Windsor police say they’ve arrested two suspects,  charged with passing counterfeit $100 bills in the holiday shopping rush.

Police say security at the Target store on Buckland Hills Drive spotted two men in the store whom they had identified as suspects who passed counterfeit currency there last month.  They had video of the transaction.     

Police say 56-year-old Daniel Amrani of Vernon and 39-year-old Gabriel Kruse of Elizabeth, Colorado, were trying to return high-ticket items they had purchased with the fake bills,  in order to get genuine currency.  When police and Secret Service agents checked a Vernon motel room,  they found a laptop computer, high-end printer, bleach and counterfeit currency.  They say the suspects bleached genuine $5 bills, so the paper would pass inspection,  then printed the paper with a $100 denomination and a selection of serial numbers.  Both are charged with forgery.

Authorities are looking into how extensive the scheme may have been.


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