KERSEY — State police have charged three Elk County men with using counterfeit 100 dollar bills at stores in Elk and Cameron counties.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, state police were contacted by Emporium police Jan. 22 about Keenan McMillen, 35, Kersey, and Atasha Simbeck passing counterfeit $100 bills.
Police had also received a call from the Walmart Loss Prevention Team in Fox Township that eight counterfeit $100 bills had been used there on Jan. 19.
Walmart sent photos of the checkout area when the bills were passed and police were able to identify McMillen, 36-year-old Ryan Scott Thomas of St. Marys, and 29-year-old Dustin Allen Courteau of St. Marys.
When police reviewed the tapes they saw the employee use a special marker on the bills which was meant to indicate if they were counterfeit. However, she said they passed the test and she processed the $655.56 transaction, in which video games were purchased.
Additionally, an hour and a half earlier, Thomas had entered the store and used a $100 bill to purchase a phone card.
Police say when they interviewed Courteau he said he was “pretty high” and “didn’t really remember a whole lot of what happened that night,” referring to the night of the purchase.
When Thomas was interviewed, he told police that McMillen had given him a $100 bill and asked him to go to Walmart to purchase the phone card and to keep the change. He also said he was present when McMillen made the bigger purchase and the store employees “gave them a hard time” about the money.
Thomas told police that once in the car, after they left the store, he asked McMillen if the money was counterfeit. McMillen told Thomas they were fake, according to police.
The following charges have been filed against the aforementioned individiuals:
- Keenan McMillen, 35, 393 Toby Road, Kersey, is charged with dealing in the proceeds of unlawful acts, forgery, possession of an instrument of crime, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and multiple counts of conspiracy.
- Ryan Scott Thomas, 36, 878 S. Michael St., St. Marys, is charged with dealing in the proceeds of unlawful acts, forgery, possession of an instrument of crime, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and multiple counts of conspiracy. He was remanded to Elk County Prison in lieu of posting $25,000 cash bail.
- Dustin Allen Courteau, 29, 543 Chestnut St., St. Marys is charged with multiple counts of conspiracy.