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Five face counterfeiting charges after incident at Target in Fredericksburg
By KEITH EPPS
Five Georgia residents were enjoying a local meal Saturday when police showed up and took them to a less desirable place: the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
The five are accused of passing counterfeit $100 bills at the Target in Central Park in Fredericksburg, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.
Police were called at 11:15 a.m. after the phony bills were discovered. Store personnel checked store surveillance video and found that two separate transactions had taken place.
Police were given a description of the suspects and a description of a white minivan with out-of-state license plates. Officer Scott Worley found the vehicle a couple of hours later at Outback Steakhouse in the same shopping center and interrupted the group’s meal.
Danta Jones, 36, Kenneth Sanders, 46, Marvin McDaniel, 31, Bridgette Harvey, 31 and Chicaone Hollis, 33, all of Atlanta, were charged with multiple offenses, including conspiracy, possession of counterfeit notes and obtaining money by false pretenses. Hollis was also charged with possession of cocaine.
All five were jailed under no bond. Two children who were with the group, ages 8 and 10, were turned over to Child Protective Services for emergency placement.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 373-3122.