(From a Frederick County Sheriff's Office press release) The Frederick County and Berkely County, W.Va., sheriff's offices have been investigating reports of counterfeit $10 and $20 bills at businesses in both counties and in Winchester.
Investigations are under way on the following incidents:
- On Feb. 14, an individual attempted to pass three $20 bills at Martins on 400 Gateway Drive.
- On Feb. 14, a $20 bill was received at McDonald's Restaurant located at 222 Grocery Ave.
- On Feb. 17, the Econo Lodge at 1539 Martinsburg Pike received three $20 bills.
- On Feb. 22, a $20 counterfeit bill was received at Martins, 400 Gateway Drive.
Several Winchester businesses also have reported receiving counterfeit money, and investigators say they have identified several persons of interest who live in Winchester and Berkely County, W.Va.
On Feb. 26, investigators from both departments executed a search warrant at the residence of Bryan Daniel Forsythe, 22, of 920 Fort Collier Apts, Winchester. Seized were copiers suspected of being used to print money, computer paper, and cutting instruments. Over $2,600 in counterfeit, copied U.S. bills were recovered during the search.
Both sheriff's offices have been working with the U.S. Secret Service and the Winchester Police Department on this case. Any business or persons who feel they have received counterfeit bills recently is asked to contact Investigator K.C. Bohrer with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office at (540) 504-6509, or Investigator Karen Dew with the Winchester Police Department.