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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
When a guest at a Linthicum hotel tried to pay his bill Tuesday with counterfeit money, the innkeeper called Anne Arundel County police. Officers arrived shortly before noon at the Red Roof Inn, in the 800 block of Elkridge Landing Road and located the suspect on the parking lot. The smell of marijuana led officers to search the vehicle. Diarra Scott, 37, of Mount De Sales Road in western Baltimore County, was charged with drug distribution and related charges. During the search of the suspect's car, officers located more than a pound of marijuana packaged for sale and distribution and seized it along with $2,448 in U.S. currency and $640 in counterfeit currency.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
When a guest at a Linthicum hotel tried to pay his bill Tuesday with counterfeit money, the innkeeper called Anne Arundel County police. Officers arrived shortly before noon at the Red Roof Inn, in the 800 block of Elkridge Landing Road and located the suspect on the parking lot. The smell of marijuana led officers to search the vehicle. Diarra Scott, 37, of Mount De Sales Road in western Baltimore County, was charged with drug distribution and related charges. During the search of the suspect's car, officers located more than a pound of marijuana packaged for sale and distribution and seized it along with $2,448 in U.S. currency and $640 in counterfeit currency.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | January 23, 2010
Ten people were arrested, and heroin and more than $15,000 in counterfeit money were seized, after officers chased drug suspects to a West Baltimore home Thursday morning, a police spokesman said. The bust netted more than $22,000 in cash, including the counterfeit money, said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. He refused to release the names of the suspects, saying that the U.S. Secret Service was involved and that the investigation is continuing. About 6:45 a.m., members of the Central District operations squad saw a gold Pontiac Grand Prix, which they believed to be involved in drug activity, in the 600 block of McCulloh St. When men and women were observed engaging in a suspected drug activity, the officers attempted a traffic stop and the vehicle sped off. Officers followed the car into the Western District, where its occupants ran into a home in the 2300 block of Avalon Ave. in the Parkview/Woodbrook neighborhood.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | January 26, 2010
Police identified on Monday the 10 people arrested last week during a drug investigation that led to the discovery of more than $15,000 in counterfeit money. Among those charged was 23-year-old Shakia Watkins, who is on federal probation stemming from her involvement in a gang's firebombing of Harwood community activist Edna McAbier's home in 2005. Watkins, who made fraudulent calls to 911 to steer police from McAbier's neighborhood, was sentenced to a four-year prison term followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit witness tampering.
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January 20, 2007
A Baltimore County liquor store manager admitted in federal court yesterday that he received more than $120,000 in counterfeit money smuggled into Maryland from Israel. Mordechai Mizrahi, 57, of Reisterstown pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to conspiracy to sell counterfeit U.S. currency. According to the plea agreement presented to the court, Mizrahi imported $120,000 in counterfeit $100 bills from co-conspirators in Israel beginning in January 2003. Prosecutors said that Mizrahi typically paid about $32,500 in legitimate U.S. currency for every $100,000 of counterfeit bills.
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By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | January 23, 2010
Ten people were arrested, and heroin and more than $15,000 in counterfeit money were seized, after officers chased drug suspects to a West Baltimore home Thursday morning, a police spokesman said. The bust netted more than $22,000 in cash, including the counterfeit money, said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. He refused to release the names of the suspects, saying that the U.S. Secret Service was involved and that the investigation is continuing. About 6:45 a.m., members of the Central District operations squad saw a gold Pontiac Grand Prix, which they believed to be involved in drug activity, in the 600 block of McCulloh St. When men and women were observed engaging in a suspected drug activity, the officers attempted a traffic stop and the vehicle sped off. Officers followed the car into the Western District, where its occupants ran into a home in the 2300 block of Avalon Ave. in the Parkview/Woodbrook neighborhood.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2004
Last month a clerk at the Holiday Inn in downtown Baltimore accepted two phony $100 bills from a customer, never realizing they were worth nothing but the paper they were printed on. That bit of larceny cost the West Lombard Street hotel $200 and prompted it to alert nearby businesses. The alarm, in turn, led to a 90-minute tutorial on counterfeit money put on yesterday by the U.S. Secret Service. "This is the note that was passed at the Holiday Inn," Special Agent John T. Pessia told 25 downtown merchants and hotel workers, holding aloft the fake Ben Franklin in a protective plastic sleeve.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,Sun Staff Writer | June 19, 1994
State police have arrested a Baltimore man as part of an investigation into the use of counterfeit money in Carroll County.Vincent A. Allen of the 2200 block of Tucker Lane was arrested late last week on two counts of theft and two counts of passing counterfeit money.Police said counterfeit money was used Thursday to purchase a used car and stereo equipment from a Westminster woman who lives in the 1600 block of Old Manchester Road. Police did not release the woman's name.Maryland State Police Cpl. Douglas R. Wehland said Friday that the bill was a good forgery but that it did not fool the Westminster woman.
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April 13, 2007
Annapolis woman, in Pa., jumps, dies An Annapolis woman killed herself at Gettysburg National Military Park by jumping off a 76-foot-tall observation tower, authorities said yesterday. Quebec high school students on a field trip to the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania found the body of Mary L. Pastirik, 47, about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Officer Tim Biggins of the Cumberland Township Police Department. The department is investigating the death and declined to provide further details about Pastirik.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1999
A courier for a notorious Bulgarian counterfeiting ring was sentenced yesterday to eight months in federal prison for bringing nearly $63,000 in phony $100 bills to Maryland.The bills are believed to have been printed on a secret offset press somewhere in Bulgaria, home to one of the world's largest counterfeiting operations, U.S. Secret Service agents said. More than $3.5 million of the counterfeit U.S. bills suspected to have been made there have surfaced around the world.Valeri Gueorguiev, 37, who carried counterfeit money in Maryland and elsewhere for the ring, apologized for what he had done at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
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By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | January 26, 2010
Police identified on Monday the 10 people arrested last week during a drug investigation that led to the discovery of more than $15,000 in counterfeit money. Among those charged was 23-year-old Shakia Watkins, who is on federal probation stemming from her involvement in a gang's firebombing of Harwood community activist Edna McAbier's home in 2005. Watkins, who made fraudulent calls to 911 to steer police from McAbier's neighborhood, was sentenced to a four-year prison term followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit witness tampering.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | January 23, 2010
Ten people were arrested, and heroin and more than $15,000 in counterfeit money were seized, after officers chased drug suspects to a West Baltimore home Thursday morning, a police spokesman said. The bust netted more than $22,000 in cash, including the counterfeit money, said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. He refused to release the names of the suspects, saying that the U.S. Secret Service was involved and that the investigation is continuing. About 6:45 a.m., members of the Central District operations squad saw a gold Pontiac Grand Prix, which they believed to be involved in drug activity, in the 600 block of McCulloh St. When men and women were observed engaging in a suspected drug activity, the officers attempted a traffic stop and the vehicle sped off. Officers followed the car into the Western District, where its occupants ran into a home in the 2300 block of Avalon Ave. in the Parkview/Woodbrook neighborhood.
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By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | January 23, 2010
Ten people were arrested, and heroin and more than $15,000 in counterfeit money were seized, after officers chased drug suspects to a West Baltimore home Thursday morning, a police spokesman said. The bust netted more than $22,000 in cash, including the counterfeit money, said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. He refused to release the names of the suspects, saying that the U.S. Secret Service was involved and that the investigation is continuing. About 6:45 a.m., members of the Central District operations squad saw a gold Pontiac Grand Prix, which they believed to be involved in drug activity, in the 600 block of McCulloh St. When men and women were observed engaging in a suspected drug activity, the officers attempted a traffic stop and the vehicle sped off. Officers followed the car into the Western District, where its occupants ran into a home in the 2300 block of Avalon Ave. in the Parkview/Woodbrook neighborhood.
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By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 22, 2010
Police seized more than $15,000 in counterfeit money after chasing suspected drug dealers to a home in West Baltimore Thursday morning. Ten people were arrested and raw heroin was also seized in a bust that netted more than $22,000, including the counterfeit funds, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. He declined to release the names of the suspects, saying that the U.S. Secret Service was involved and the investigation is continuing. At about 6:45 a.m., the Central District operations squad observed a gold Pontiac Grand Prix, which they believed to be involved in drug activity, in the 600 block of McCulloh St. and conducted brief surveillance.
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April 13, 2007
Annapolis woman, in Pa., jumps, dies An Annapolis woman killed herself at Gettysburg National Military Park by jumping off a 76-foot-tall observation tower, authorities said yesterday. Quebec high school students on a field trip to the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania found the body of Mary L. Pastirik, 47, about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Officer Tim Biggins of the Cumberland Township Police Department. The department is investigating the death and declined to provide further details about Pastirik.
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January 20, 2007
A Baltimore County liquor store manager admitted in federal court yesterday that he received more than $120,000 in counterfeit money smuggled into Maryland from Israel. Mordechai Mizrahi, 57, of Reisterstown pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to conspiracy to sell counterfeit U.S. currency. According to the plea agreement presented to the court, Mizrahi imported $120,000 in counterfeit $100 bills from co-conspirators in Israel beginning in January 2003. Prosecutors said that Mizrahi typically paid about $32,500 in legitimate U.S. currency for every $100,000 of counterfeit bills.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF | February 27, 1996
Police are warning elderly customers at Glen Burnie businesses about a man who flashes a police badge and asks for assistance in a counterfeit money investigation, then robs them.Police believe the phony officer has struck three times -- on Saturday, on Jan. 25 and on Feb. 3.Ellwood L. Fletcher, 83, and another man separately entered the Chevy Chase bank in the 7900 block of Ritchie Highway shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday, police said. Mr. Fletcher told police he completed a transaction and was followed to the parking lot by the same man.The man flashed a special police badge and told Mr. Fletcher he was investigating a bank teller who was distributing counterfeit money.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | January 26, 2010
Police identified on Monday the 10 people arrested last week during a drug investigation that led to the discovery of more than $15,000 in counterfeit money. Among those charged was 23-year-old Shakia Watkins, who is on federal probation stemming from her involvement in a gang's firebombing of Harwood community activist Edna McAbier's home in 2005. Watkins, who made fraudulent calls to 911 to steer police from McAbier's neighborhood, was sentenced to a four-year prison term followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit witness tampering.
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By RICHARD IRWIN | August 17, 2006
Police Blotter is a sampling of crimes from police reports in Baltimore and Baltimore County. BALTIMORE CENTRAL Arrest -- Arnold Punter, 39, of New York was arrested July 26 in the Bronx on a traffic violation, and a records check turned up a warrant charging him with a 1999 killing in Baltimore. Punter, who was extradited to Baltimore on Tuesday, is accused of shooting Antoine Warren, 28, during an argument in Deab Alley, off Eager Street in the Mount Vernon area, Feb. 7, 1999. Warren died three days later.
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