OSWEGO – Throughout the month of June, the Oswego City Police Department responded to, and investigated, multiple cases of “fake money” being passed at local commercial establishments.
Members of the Oswego City Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division worked diligently to investigate these complaints and were ultimately able to identify multiple individuals involved in the use of these fictitious bills.
On Thursday 6/27/19 at approximately 8:45 a.m., the first individual was arrested in connection with these cases.
The arrested party was identified as, Richard M Szymanski, 41, of Oswego.
He was charged with Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, a class C Felony (NYS Penal Law 170.30 subdivision 1), which states, a person is guilty of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree when, with knowledge that it is forged and with intent to defraud, deceive or injure another, he utters or possesses any forged instrument of a kind specified in section 170.15.
It is alleged that on 6/11/19, Szymanski did possess a counterfeit $100 bill as specified in section 170.15 of the NYS Penal Law, and with knowledge that it was forged/counterfeit, attempt to use said bill with intent to defraud and deceive another (Dunkin Dounuts) by attempting to purchase items.
On 06/27/2019 at approximately 10:45 a.m., Szymanski was arraigned in Oswego City Court.
He was remanded to the Oswego County Jail with no bail and a return date of 07/03/2019 at 1:30 p.m.
At this time, police have multiple cases still being actively investigated, and anticipate multiple charges and arrests on different subjects.
They ask anyone with information to contact the Oswego City Police Department at 315-342-8120.
OPD would also like to provide some general information to the public (especially those working in commercial businesses or who regularly handle money) in an attempt to reduce, “victimization” and to deter the use of these fictitious bills.
The Oswego City Police Department has seen three types of factitious bills recently (in different denominations):
“Use only for motion pictures,” “Replicas” and “World Universal Bank Unlimited.”
Note: this is not to say that many more versions do not exist.
On a quick glance, all of these bills could be mistaken for US Currency, but when examined there are multiple points that are inconsistent with what should be on appropriate currency
The Oswego City Police Department encourages the use of counterfeit identification markers (marker when used on a bill displays a distinct color when a bill is fictitious), as well as brief scan of any bills being used as currency.
If there are any bills located that are believed to be fictitious the Oswego City Police Department encourages the public to report the incident.
(see attached photos for irregularities).