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  Male Charged For Using Fraudulent Currency To Scam Online Sellers

Feb 09, 2018 12:01 ET

A 19-year-old Clarington man is facing multiple charges after four separate complainants selling items on Kijiji reported they received counterfeit U.S. cash from a buyer.

The incidents took place in Clarington where a male responded to online classified ads and offered to pay for items, such as cellphones and watches, with U.S. currency. Meetings were set up in Bowmanville and the male would pay for items with counterfeit cash before quickly leaving the area. After realizing the cash was fake, sellers contacted police.

As a result of the investigation, on Thursday, February 8, 2018, the DRPS Fraud Unit with the assistance of the Offender Management Unit and Robbery Unit, arrested a 19-year-old male and conducted a search warrant at a residence on Victoria Street in Bowmanville.

Investigators recovered close to $10,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency and a quantity of drugs including heroin and marihuana. They also recovered several items believed to have been obtained using counterfeit U.S. money.

Michael MCRAE, age 19, of Victoria Street in Bowmanville, is charged with: Fraud under $5000 x4, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000x4, Uttering Counterfeit Money x4, Possession of Counterfeit Money, Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x2, Fail to comply with a Recognizance x2 and Fail to comply with a Probation Order x2. MCRAE was held for a bail hearing.

The investigation is ongoing and police believe counterfeit U.S. currency may have been passed at local stores and gas stations in Clarington. They are asking business owners who may have received counterfeit cash to contact them.

Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact Det. Carrierre of the Major Crime Fraud Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5279.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.