Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Three Arrested in Counterfeiting Conspiracy
Target, 1180 Carl D Silver Pkwy, 1/10 11:00 am. Police responded to a report that counterfeit $100 bills had been passed by two different male subjects, each of whom had made moderate purchases and received cash back as change. A third male subject attempted to pass a counterfeit bill at the Starbucks counter inside Target, but he was not successful. Video surveillance from the store showed all three offenders leaving the area in a white Mitsubishi with a rear Florida tag. At approximately 1:00 pm, police received information that one of the offenders had attempted to pass a counterfeit bill at Sports Authority, but he left the store when the cashier became suspicious. The officer responding to that incident passed the suspects’ vehicle as it was leaving Central Park; the officer stopped the car on Plank Rd at Interstate 95 and all three suspects were taken into custody. It was later determined that the suspects passed counterfeit $100 bills at Office Depot, GNC, Old Navy, and Kohls in addition to Target. Andre Livingston, 25, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, Kristopher Bowman, 23, of Washington D.C., and Rashad Rushdan, 24, of Clinton, Maryland were each charged with possession of counterfeit currency, conspiracy, uttering, attempted uttering, and obtaining goods by false pretenses. All three were incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.
It is worth noting that the counterfeit bills were created in such a fashion as to bypass the standard detection procedures in place at the cashier registers.
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