Waveland police say counterfeit cash confiscated

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - According to Waveland's police chief, what started as a routine stop on Highway 90 because a driver didn't have a license plate turned into a counterfeit cash caper.

The stop was made last Friday night.

According to police, the driver of the vehicle was identified as Angela Sullivan of Philadelphia, Mississippi.  The male passenger gave false information as to his identity but was eventually identified as Alton Morgan II.

As officers ran the suspects' information, they learned Morgan was wanted out of Texas on a grand larceny charge.

A K9 deputy from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and his K9, Kira, made numerous alerts for the presence of narcotics.  Police said a small amount of narcotics was found along with a large sum of cash.

This is where the story takes an unusual turn.

While documenting the cash found during the stop, Chief Allen said many of the $100 bills had the same serial number, indicating they were counterfeit.  He also said many of the $20 bills also shared a common serial number.

The original (real) $100 and $20 bills that the copies were made from were found, as well as the printer used to make the copies and other items used in the counterfeiting of currency.

According to the chief, the suspects had taken smaller denominations of currency and erased the ink, then reprinted the $100 over it, in an attempted to make the bills feel like real money (rather than printer paper) and to try to foil counterfeit detector pens.

A large amount of various goods, which appeared to have been obtained from numerous stores throughout Mississippi, were also found in the vehicle.

Alton Morgan II was arrested for giving false identifying information as well as five counts of possession of a forged bank note.  His bond set at $55,000.

Angela Sullivan was arrested for several traffic offenses, including driving with a suspended drivers license, no vehicle tag, no insurance, as well as two counts of accessory before the fact for possession of a forged bank note.  She was given an $11,500 bond.

Chief Allen said the pair had used the counterfeit bills at numerous locations between Philadelphia, Mississippi, and Waveland, although it appeared they had not yet had a chance to use them anywhere in Waveland.  They appeared to be especially fond of using them at fireworks stands, where the lighting is not as good and there would be no video surveillance to record them.

The serial number displayed on the counterfeit $100 bills is KC34798840A. The serial number displayed on the counterfeit $20 bills is JH19389397B.

Police say if you own a business, please be aware that these types of cases are becoming more and more common in our area.

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