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Police Looking For Woman Using Counterfeit Currency

Police are offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest of a woman using fake money to make purchases.

Courtesy of Suffolk Police Department
Courtesy of Suffolk Police Department

Echo Medical and Surgical Supplies, located at 60 Echo Ave. in Miller Place was the victim of fraud this week after a woman walked into the medical supply store and purchased gauze using a counterfeit $20 bill.

Minutes later, the women was caught on video surveillance camera entering another supply store down the road, at 56 Echo Ave., and purchasing additional items including rubbing alcohol using another counterfeit bill. 

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the woman who used counterfeit money at the two businesses.

There is a $5,000 reward any information that leads to an arrest. Police said to look for a woman described as white and approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall. She drove a black Ford Mustang with white New York plates. 

If you recognize her from the pictures above, call the Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. 

ARCH STANTON January 23, 2014 at 06:13 PM
UNFORTUNATELY THE ABOVE SURVEILLANCE PHOTO IS NOT AS CLEAR AS THE ONE POSTED BY PATCH ON 12-30-13, WHEN A FEMALE ATTEMPTED TO PASS OFF COUNTERFEIT $100.00 BILLS IN RIVERHEAD LAST NOVEMBER. MOST PEOPLE DON'T LOOK TOO CLOSELY AT TENS AND TWENTIES AS THEY WOULD HUNDREDS. I'M BETTING IT'S EITHER THE SAME PERSON OR THEY ARE ASSOCIATES. HOPEFULLY THEY'LL BE ABLE TO MATCH FINGERPRINTS OFF THE BILLS WITH PRINTS TAKEN FROM PREVIOUS ARRESTS, IF ANY. I'M SO TIRED OF PEOPLE TAKING THE EASY WAY OUT OR MAKING EXCUSES IN LIFE.
brookhavenconfucius January 24, 2014 at 06:34 AM
Well there is SOME poetic justice about all of this...she passed them at ECHO PHARMACY...who also owns ECHO MEDICAL AND SURGICAL SUPPLIES, who is just recovering from getting caught IN 2010, with THEIR STICKY FINGERS, in the New York State Medicaid Money, by writing fake prescriptions in 2010. I guess that Time wounds ALL HEELS...AND THE CRIMINAL SCUM know THE SCUM TO GO TO, when they want to pass bad money ! http://www.northshoreoflongisland.com/listing-20822.112114-29097.112114-Echo-Pharmacy-and-Echo-Medical-and-Surgical-Supply.html
Frank Esposito January 24, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Arch, or should I say ARCH. Touch DNA is the way to go there if SCPD thinks it is worth the expense. I'm going to say no off the cuff on this one, but I've seen stranger decisions made over lessor crime. You need nearly a 12 Minutiae point for a solid ID on fingerprints (10 ok if their lawyer sucks). If the bill was touched a lot forget about it fingerprints. you are not going to get 10 points.
ARCH STANTON January 24, 2014 at 03:08 PM
FRANK, WHY DO YOU KEEP INSISTING THAT THE SCPD WILL PURSUE THESE CRIMINALS ALONE? COUNTERFEITING IS A FELONY, IT'S A FEDERAL OFFENSE, WHICH WILL BE INVESTIGATED BY THE SECRET SERVICE. AS FAR AS FINGERPRINTS GO, A BILL MEASURES 2 1/2" BY 6" WHICH LEAVES A LOT OF ROOM FOR A PRINT TO BE FOUND, DEPENDING ON HOW MANY EMPLOYEES HANDLED THE BILL AFTER IT WAS DISCOVERED. UNFORTUNATELY, SAMPLES FOR DNA TESTING ARE NOT TAKEN FOR EVERY ARREST, WHICH WOULD MAKE IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY AND APPREHEND THESE FELONS. IS IT WORTH THE EXPENSE, OF COURSE IT IS, OR YOU'LL BE SEEING AN INCREASE IN COUNTERFEITING.
Marie January 25, 2014 at 01:48 PM
brookhavenconfucius: That's an insult to Echo Pharmacy. They were held accountable and paid the price. People pass bad bills all over Long Island, not just there. Take your insults somewhere else and take a chill pill.
brookhavenconfucius January 25, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Marie they stole your money too, or haven't you figured it out yet.
Frank Esposito January 25, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Arch SCPD will handle investigation on point. Recovered money will get to USSS for cataloging if it isn't a cut and paste (the old corners trick). USSS is interested in possible points traceable to producer. They would be concerned and take action if say the money was "good" and had tell tale signs of say a producer like the North Korea. Less than 1% of counterfeit money is in circulation here total. They are "not interested" locals trying to get over on mom and pop to any level you appear to think. If SCPD scoops up the perp fed will prosecute. USSS is on the level of stopping shipping container of the stuff and getting at producers not these losers trying get over on a mom and pop. You are watching too much TV drama. Give the USSS in Melville a call at 631 293 4028 and ask them and the first thing they will tell you is call local police. "Sure you can call us too". But guess what happens ARCH? Ring ring... Hey SCPD CIB the is Melville USSS we have a report of blah blah at blah blah ok thanks. Ring ring.... Hey this is CIB to Dic squad at pct of occurrence we got a call from USSS from a person who reports blah blah you want to check into that. THAT'S THE WAY IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey I like typing in all caps like you. LOL.
Marie January 25, 2014 at 04:13 PM
brookhavenconfucius: If I were you I would be more concerned about the 688 Billion Dollars the Federal Government has stolen from every US citizen in Medicaid Fraud. None of which you or I or anyone will ever see. Not the paltry amount Echo Pharmacy did and paid back. Get your priorities straight.
brookhavenconfucius January 25, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Alright, so you own Echo Pharmacy, congratulations on drawing the Criminal Element, MORE, to Miller Place.
ARCH STANTON January 25, 2014 at 08:16 PM
HEY FRANK, I THINK THE ARCTIC AIR MASS IS FREEZING YOUR BRAIN. I DON'T WATCH REALITY AND DRAMA TV PROGRAMS, I PREFER TO WATCH THE HISTORY, DISCOVER AND PBS NETWORKS. DO YOU? IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE IT. OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVEN'T BEEN FOLLOWING THE NEWS IN THE PAST YEAR, COUNTERFEIT MONEY IN ALL DENOMINATIONS ARE BEING PASSED OFF IN SUPERMARKETS, BOX STORES, GAS STATIONS ETC. I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU WOULD THINK IT'S ONLY MOM AND POP STORES, WHEN THAT ISN'T THE CASE. I COULDN'T TELL YOU THE LAST TIME THAT I PURCHASED A PRODUCT WITH A $20 OR LARGER THAT THE CASHIER DIDN'T SCAN THE BILL. AS FAR AS COUNTERFEIT BILLS BEING LESS THAN 1% IN CIRCULATION, I DOUBT THAT. WHEN WE LAST TALKED EARLIER THIS MONTH ABOUT THE WOMAN IN RIVERHEAD TRYING TO PASS OFF A COUNTERFEIT $100.00 BILL YOU STATED "WHO CARES". YOU NEVER ANSWERED MY QUESTION. I ASKED YOU IF YOU WOULD STILL SAY WHO CARES, WHEN YOU WERE DEPOSITING MONEY INTO YOUR LOCAL BANK AND THEY CONFISCATED THE CURRENCY AT YOUR LOSS.
Marie January 26, 2014 at 09:12 AM
On the contrary, I don't own the Pharmacy. But the people who do happen to be very nice. They must have treated you pretty badly to deserve your vile comments. You are no worth to me and your comments prove such. (How did you ever connect fake money with medicaid fraud in the first place )
brookhavenconfucius January 26, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Take a chill pill, there Marie. And as to "my worth" to you...I could care less. What a nasty person, and on the Lord's day.

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