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Berlin Man Charged in Counterfeit Case

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Christopher Simone, 35, Berlin (Photo: Ocean City Police Dept.) Christopher Simone, 35, Berlin (Photo: Ocean City Police Dept.)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City Police arrested a Berlin man for making counterfeit money.

On January 1, detectives with the narcotics unit conducted a traffic stop on 35-year-old Christopher Simone near  59th Street and Coastal Highway. Police say Simone was driving with a suspended driver’s license. 

During a search, detectives say they found heroin, drug paraphernalia, a large fixed blade knife, a police style baton, and counterfeit money.

Police arrested and charged Simone with possession of heroin and two counts of possession of a deadly weapon. Simone was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $25,000 bond.

Later that evening, Ocean City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division detectives and members of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team continued to investigate the counterfeit money found in the car. Officers executed a search warrant on Simone’s home in Berlin, and found more counterfeit money and equipment used to print it. Police say serial numbers used on the counterfeit cash in the home matched those found during the search of Simone’s car as well as serial numbers from a counterfeit case in Wicomico County.

Simone was release from the Worcester County Jail on January 7. On January 9, detectives located Simone and arrested him for felony charges resulting from the January 1 search.  He was charged with two counts of knowingly possessing counterfeit U.S. currency, scanning digital images of U.S. currency with intent to defraud and manufacturing U.S. currency with intent to defraud. Simone was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to the Worcester County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Citizens are advised that the following serial numbers were used by Simone: #ML80574368D, #MA82495055A, #MB544124485C, and #IC47767665. Anyone that believes they may be a victim of this counterfeit case is asked to contact Detective Dave Whitmer at 410-520-5390 or dwhitmer@oceancitymd.gov.

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