Illinois (The Gaslamp Post) – Two teens were arrested after police received a Crimestoppers tip, saying that the two kids were making and passing counterfeit cash. Police say 18-year-old, Nicholas A. Cheney and 18-year-old, Ryan Young, both of Crystal Lake, used a home scanner to create duplicates of a $20 bill.
They made roughly $700 worth of counterfeit bills, with paper that they had obtained from a local office supply store. According to police, the bills were of extremely poor quality, and the paper itself was only slightly thicker than normal computer printer paper.
“It was not very good quality. These guys were destined to be apprehended,” said McHenry County Undersheriff, Andrew Zinke.
Police determined that the dynamic-duo were using the fake bills to buy marijuana from a local drug dealer.
Both teens were charged with Class 3 forgery and face up to 5 years in prison. Cheney was charged with possession of marijuana, after police found both it and the bills on his person, at the time of his arrest. They both posted 10% of the $10,000 bond, and are due back in court May 7, 2012.