Counterfeit Money Passed At Safeway

Fake Money Perps

Police arrested three Seaside residents suspected of passing fake $100 bills, Pacific Grove P.D. detective Adam Sepagan said this week, while U.S. Secret Service agents are working to determine who manufactured the fraudulent notes.

According to police, 21-year-old Marquise Legaux received the counterfeit cash from 31-year-old Laura Long and then exchanged it for real money in the register at his job at the Pacific Grove Safeway. Jimmy Alexander, a 32-year-old Seaside resident who is on probation, is also accused of passing a fake $100 bill at Safeway through Legaux.

In this case, thieves used chemicals to wash the ink off of $5 bills and then overlaid them with the design from a $100 bill using high-quality printers and copiers.

Because the paper is genuine, the fake bills feel real to the touch, and the special pens used by retailers to verify the paper’s quality indicate they are real.

Counterfeit Money Passed At Safeway

Two Arrested For Counterfeit Money At Safeway

Safeway is becoming our own little crime center on the hill.

Marquise Legaux, 21, and Laura Long, 31, of Seaside were taken into custody Dec. 23 with the help of the Secret Service, and officers of the Monterey County Probation Department, Seaside, Monterey and Carmel police.

Pacific Grove police detective Adam Sepagan said Legaux passed the fake bills by exchanging them for real money from the cash register at a retail store where he worked.

Two Arrested For Counterfeit Money At Safeway