Man accused of using fake $100 bills at Upper Valley Mall

Derrick Wilford appears in Clark County Municipal Court. Jeff Guerini/Staff

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Derrick Wilford appears in Clark County Municipal Court. Jeff Guerini/Staff

A Columbus man has been accused of passing fake $100 in Clark County and across the Miami Valley region.

Derrick Wilford, 29, has been charged with three counts of forgery. He appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday but his case was continued.

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Springfield police met with agents of the U.S. Secret Service in July to discuss counterfeit $100 bills turning up at banks in Springfield, Huber Heights and Dayton, according to Clark County court documents. The agents suspected Wilford was behind the alleged fake bills because he has a relevant criminal history, court documents say.

“(Agent Kevin Dye) stated that some of the bills passed have the same serial numbers and some of them contain an identifying mark on the upper right corner on the front of the bill,” an affidavit says. “The mark is a star, Agent Dye stated that some of the counterfeiters like to leave a mark, like a signature to show it is their bill.”

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Fake $100 bills also allegedly were used at Claire’s Boutique at the Upper Valley Mall and Joanne Fabrics on Upper Valley Pike, the affidavit says.

Lt. Russell Garman of the German Twp. Police Department investigated the alleged counterfeit money and identified Wilford as a suspect by showing an employee of the store a photo lineup. The employee picked out Wilford as the person who paid with the fake bill, the affidavit says.

Surveillance video allegedly shows Wilford using another counterfeit $100 bill at Joanne Fabrics. The affidavit also says fake money was used to make a purchase at Bath and Body works at the Upper Valley Mall.

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