OCEAN CITY, Md.- Police have arrested two suspects accused of passing counterfeit money at several businesses throughout Ocean City.
Ocean City police said the arrests of 25-year-old Derrick Ryan Richardson of Parsonsburg, Md., and 26-year-old Justin Michael Scanlon of Ocean City, stemmed from an investigation that got under way April 2, when the department began receiving numerous complaints regarding counterfeit money.
According to police, the department took a total of five reports of counterfeit money being passed or attempted to be passed at local businesses over the next 36 hours.
Authorities said that during the investigation, Ocean City officers and detectives identified two possible suspects and confirmed that police agencies in Worcester and Wicomico counties, as well as Sussex County, Del., were also investigating the passing of similar counterfeit currency in their jurisdictions.
Investigators said that on April 5, Richardson and a female accomplice were arrested by the Fruitland Police Department while attempting to pass the counterfeit money at a business there.
As a result of this arrest, accompanied by the recovery of additional evidence and surveillance video, Ocean City investigators said they positively identified the suspects who passed the counterfeit currency in the resort town as Richardson and Scanlon.
Scanlon and Richardson were each charged with theft under $100, theft under $100, knowingly issuing counterfeit United States currency, theft scheme and conspiracy. Richardson was additionally charged with manufacturing counterfeit United States currency.
Bond information for the two suspects was not yet available.