Counterfeit money investigation leads to breakthrough in ongoing case

BIG RAPIDS — Local detectives investigating the passing of counterfeit money last week in Big Rapids have been informed by the U.S. Secret Service the individuals allegedly involved are part of a criminal enterprise based in Chicago.

One of the suspect’s who allegedly passed counterfeit $100 bills at area businesses on Wednesday night is seen in video footage, provided by the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety. (Courtesy photo)

According to Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Detective Brian Miller, DPS and the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office have been in contact with the U.S. Secret Service. The agency, which conducts a variety of criminal investigations, indicated the men who passed counterfeit money on April 10 in Big Rapids made their way south to the Grand Rapids area later in the evening.

The men are allegedly part of a larger group the Secret Service is looking at as a criminal enterprise based out of Chicago.

The group has passed nearly 200 of these bills between Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois since the beginning of 2019, the Secret Service says. The group allegedly is bleaching out $1 dollar bills and reprinting images of $100 bills on the paper.

The three men have not yet been identified.

If you have information about this case, contact DPS at (231) 527-0005.

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