LINDEN – On Saturday, Linden police arrested two city men who are accused of trying to pass counterfeit money at Walmart on West Edgar Road, authorities announced.
Dion M. Johnson, 30, and Oscar J. Goff, 23, both of Linden, were charged with theft by deception and uttering a forged document. Both were sent to the Union County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.
Officers were sent to the Walmart on June 30 at 1:16 p.m. to investigate a report of two men attempting to pass counterfeit money. The store’s loss prevention personnel told police that they observed one suspect attempt to purchase $25.35 of merchandise at a cash register using a $100 bill which appeared to be a bleached $5 bill with Abraham Lincoln’s face on it where Benjamin Franklin’s face should be. The cashier refused to accept it and turned the bill over to a loss prevention officer. The suspect then paid for the merchandise with real money.
At the same time, security observed via surveillance camera a second man allegedly attempting to purchase a watch at the jewelry counter with a $100.00 bill that appeared to be bogus. After the sales clerk refused to accept the bill, he went to a register where he allegedly attempted to purchase a prepaid $100 Visa gift card. The cashier confiscated the bill and the two men left the store and were stopped in the parking lot when police arrived.
An officer observed one of the suspects allegedly throw a $100 bill under a parked car when approached. Three counterfeit bills were seized by police. All three bills had an identical serial number.
The U.S. Secret Service is assisting with the investigation.
The charges are merely accusations and the suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.