Police break up alleged city counterfeiting ring, arrest 7

September 09, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police and the U.S. Secret Service have broken up an alleged money-order counterfeiting ring operating out of a midtown condominium and a rowhouse on Park Avenue, authorities said yesterday.

In raids conducted Friday and Saturday, police said they arrested seven people from the Baltimore and Washington areas and seized $21,000 in computer equipment, a gun, cocaine and stacks of preprinted fraudulent money orders.

Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a city police spokeswoman, said the suspects allegedly ordered computer and stereo equipment over the Internet and paid for the merchandise with the fake money-orders.

Special Agent Vincent O'Neill, a spokesman for the Secret Service office in Baltimore, said the merchandise was advertised on street fliers in Baltimore and resold at a discount.

Police said the raids were conducted at an apartment in The Belvedere in the first block of E. Chase St. and at a rowhouse in the 800 block of Park Ave.

O'Neill said police got a tip from a doorman at The Belvedere who noticed an unusual number of deliveries to an apartment. The Secret Service investigates matters involving fraudulent use of money.

Dominique Fillostrat, 27, of the 800 block of Park Ave. was charged with theft and counterfeiting; Mariell Jackson, 23, of Beltsville was charged with possession of a handgun, counterfeiting, theft and possession of drugs with intent to distribute.

Yolanda Murphy, 20, of Alexandria, Va., was charged with possession of a handgun and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. Damian Wallace, 25, of Fort Washington was charged with possession of a handgun and drugs.

Darryl Mitchell, 29, of the first block of E. Chase St., was charged with felony theft and counterfeiting. Jamie Boyd, 21, of Alexandria, Va., was charged with possession of a handgun and drugs.

Also charged with drug and handgun possession was a 15-year-old girl.

Pub Date: 9/09/97

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