The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 22, 2014

Additional charges filed in counterfeiting case

Herald staff

GREENVILLE, SHARON — Two more police departments have made arrests in a counterfeit money scheme allegedly spearheaded by a Greenville High School student.

Mathew T. Johnson, 18, of 294 Leech Road, Sugar Grove Township, was charged Monday by Greenville-West Salem Township police with passing bogus $100 bills to two area businesses.

Johnson told police that Nicholas Davis, 18, of 66 Sherrard Ave., Hempfield Township, accused by other police departments of printing and/or passing the funny money, picked him up and asked him to pass counterfeit bills.

Johnson said on Feb. 25 he passed two fake $100 bills at separate times at Family Dollar, 261 Main St., Greenville, police said.

He bought mouthwash and toilet paper, and split the change with Davis, police said.

Johnson said on the same day he bought three hot dogs and three sodas with a fake $100 bill at the Majestic Bar, 1191 Main St., Greenville, and split the change with Davis, police said.

Greenville-West Salem Township police charged Davis with criminal conspiracy and Johnson with criminal conspiracy and theft by deception. No preliminary hearings have been set.

Sharon police filed charges against Davis on Wednesday for passing a bogus $100 bill at 11:41 p.m. Feb. 26 at Quick Mart, 505 E. State St., to buy a bottle of Gatorade, police said.

Police found out when employees pointed out the ink was running short in the corners of the bill and it had the indent or stamp of a five, police said.

At the beginning of the month, Hermitage and Pymatuning Township police filed forgery-related charges against Davis after taking reports of fake bills being passed and used security video images to identify Davis and at least two others, including a 17-year-old, police said.

Hempfield police said they charged him when items found during a search of his home turned up cleaners, computer equipment and other paraphernalia used in the counterfeit bill manufacturing process, along with receipts from purchases made with funny money.

Davis was arraigned Friday by District Justice Dennis Songer, Sharon, and was released after posting $50,000 bond.

He faces preliminary hearings in Songer’s court April 4 and in District Judge Brian Arthur’s Greenville court on April 16.