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July 17, 2014

Teen: I printed bogus money

GREENVILLE — A Greenville High School student accused of printing counterfeit money pleaded guilty last week to a charge of forgery.

The single count against Nicholas E. Davis, 18, of 66 Sherrard Ave., Hempfield Township, consolidates six cases filed by Hempfield, Greenville-West Salem Township, Pymatuning Township, Sharon, and Hermitage police.

The charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 5 to 10 years in prison.

In February, police from the Shenango Valley and Greenville areas took reports of counterfeit bills being passed at businesses and used security video images to identify Davis and at least two others, including a 17-year-old boy, police said.

Police obtained a search warrant for Davis’ home and executed it Feb. 28.

Davis lives in a detached garage on the property, police said. Inside was found sheets of fake $100 and $20 bills, the serial numbers of which matched bills passed in Hermitage, Hempfield, Pymatuning and Greenville, police said.

Investigators also found receipts from purchases made with funny money, cleaners, computer equipment and other paraphernalia used in the counterfeit bill manufacturing process, police said.

Davis took legitimate $5 bills and used cleaners to wash off the ink, police said. The process leaves intact the security marks imbedded in the bills, police said. He then printed larger denominations onto the paper, police said.

Such bills often stand up to the marker test used at many stores; however, Davis did not print all the bills to the correct dimensions, and the washed edges of the bills were whiter than one sees on legitimate currency, police said.

Davis admitted washing bills to make new, higher denominations, police said.

The spree prompted police to hold an informational session hosted by a Secret Service agent to help businesses identify phony money.

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