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Man charged in Troy counterfeit scheme gave fake name to agents, police say

Troy Police confiscated counterfeit bills produced in a hotel room. Provided
Troy Police confiscated counterfeit bills produced in a hotel room. Provided

One of the two men charged with printing fake money in Troy gave the U.S. Secret Service a false name and identity, police say.

Quincy Battice, 29, and Linvol R. Cummings, 34, both from New York, were charged Tuesday with printing fake currency in a hotel room in Troy. They were arrested June 24 when police and Secret Service agents say they knocked on the hotel room door in response to a complaint and Battice began flushing fake bills down the toilet while Cummings spoke to police at the door.

Battice originally gave law enforcement a false name and said he he was 27, police say. Battice is now being charged with making false statements to a Secret Service agent.

The pair had booked a hotel room at the Red Roof Inn, where they used a Kodak printer and scanner to make sheets of $10, $20 and $50 bills. They used the bogus currency at local stores in Glen Carbon and Collinsville and return the items for real money, police say.

Conspiracy to counterfeit and pass counterfeit and making a false statement each carry a maximum penalty of up to five years of imprisonment. The case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and Troy police.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6

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