State police found 148 counterfeit $100 bills and charged three people with passing the fake cash this week in Allegheny County.
Barry Youger, 36, of Belle Vernon, Cheryl Johnson, 36, of Charleroi, and John Viloria, 25, of New York City, were arraigned today on charges of forgery, conspiracy, both felonies, and possessing instruments of a crime, marijuana possession and another drug offense, all misdemeanors.
The U.S. Secret Service on Monday notified the state police Organized Crime Task Force that the Mr. Youger, Ms. Johnson and a then-identified man were spending bogus cash in the Pittsburgh area, Trooper Dave Calabro of the Harmar barracks wrote in criminal complaints.
While conducting surveillance on Mr. Youger, investigators saw him driving Monday with Ms. Johnson to the Greyhound bus station Downtown, then pick up a man and leave. At 6:25 p.m., police spotted Mr. Youger spending counterfeit money at the Sunoco gas station on Beechwood Boulevard, the trooper wrote.
Later, with the help of the Organized Crime Unit, the trooper stopped the vehicle in or near Wilkins on probable cause of a felony and took all three in custody.
Police found the 148 counterfeit $100 bills in the vehicle or on their persons, as well as a syringe in the trunk and a small bag of marijuana on Mr. Viloria, the complaints said.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Monday. Attorneys were not listed in online court records.
First Published July 29, 2014 12:00 AM