Police arrested the three Wednesday evening after a Harlem man reportedly tried to return a printer to Target on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway with fake printed money inside the machine.
A clerk told police she was checking the package returned by Michael Jerome Chatman, 35, of Harlem, when she saw a piece of paper inside the printer. On it were copies of a $20 and $10 bill, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.
Police say Mr. Chatman quickly grabbed the printer and ran from the store but was stopped by a Richmond County deputy outside. Police arrested Diamond Tiara Green, 30, and Kotto Yaphet Green, 24, both of the 3300 block of Jonathan Circle, and Mr. Chatman on charges of second-degree forgery, the report says. Upon frisking Mr. Chatman, police found a real $20 bill that they said matched the copy inside the printer.
Anita Hopson, an investigator in the sheriff's technical crimes division, said it's rare to catch individuals in the process of making money. However, she said, crooks sometimes forget to cover their tracks.
"People get wrapped up in the crime, and they forget things," Investigator Hopson said. "In this situation it was just stupidity."
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