Fake money at Windsor businesses leads to charges for three men
A counterfeit $100 US bill is shown by Windsor police in Windsor, Ont., on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (Chris Campbell / CTV Windsor)
Windsor police say counterfeit United States $100 bills were used at Windsor businesses, leading to charges for three men.
Officers were called to the business in the 2200 block of Huron Church Road on Wednesday for a report of a fraud which had just occurred.
Officers received a suspect description, as well as a licence plate number of the vehicle he entered as he left the area.
The involved vehicle was reported as stolen from Toronto.
It was also discovered that the suspect had attempted to pass a U.S. $100 bill at a nearby business, but was turned away as the owner suspected the bill to be a fake.
The passed bill was seized and determined to be counterfeit.
While investigating this matter, officers received updated information that another business located in the 2100 block of Wyandotte Street West just had a male pass a suspected U.S. $100 counterfeit bill, after another business in the area had refused to accept the bill.
As officers were investigating the second complaint, they spotted the suspect, walking south on Randolph Street from Wyandotte Street with another male.
The two men entered the reported stolen vehicle as police converged and conducted a vehicle stop.
Five male occupants were arrested without incident as they were all in possession of the stolen vehicle.
The Financial Crimes Unit further investigated the matter.
Two of the men were released with no charges, but three men were charged.
Ibrahim Ismail, 22, from Toronto is charged with possession of counterfeit money, uttering counterfeit money.
Ibrahim Sahal, 22, from Windsor is charged with possession of counterfeit money.
Mahde Hure, 23, from Toronto is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of counterfeit money, uttering counterfeit money.
The Windsor Police Service would like to remind all business operators to take the time to inspect cash to make every effort to determine its legitimacy, especially when dealing with higher dollar amounts.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police Service at 519-255-6700 ext. 4332, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS), online at www.catchcrooks.com.