GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- (WGCL) -- A suspect is now in custody after an elaborate scheme involving $1,000 in fake movie money that was used at a metro Atlanta Walmart.
Police say Travis Taylor and Melissa Sinquefield bought $1,000 worth of lawn equipment at a Walmart in Buford on July 19. The suspects used 10 motion picture $100 bills, according to authorities.
Police say Sinquefield later returned the lawn equipment for cash at a different Walmart.
According to authorities, Sinquefield confronted the cashier, Jocelyn Gerstenlauer, about an alleged personal debt prior to the purchase. Afterward, police say Sinquefield walked out of the store, which is when Taylor allegedly used the fake money to buy the equipment at Gerstenlauer's register.
Police say Gerstenlauer never returned to work after the fake money was found in her register.
Gerstenlauer turned herself into authorities around noon Tuesday and is being charged with first-degree forgery.
Taylor is wanted on charges of first-degree forgery and theft by deception. Sinquefield is wanted for first-degree forgery, theft by deception and probation violation.
Wednesday, the Gwinnet Police Department announced two more suspects are sought in the related use of the same batch of counterfeit money.
Police say information on social media linked Joseph DeAngelo Lamb, 39, and Dominic Darnel Mayberry, 21, to two fraudulent transactions using counterfeit money.
Dominick Darnel Mayberry
Joseph DeAngelo Lamb
The two men allegedly passed 33 counterfeit $100 bills in two separate transactions to purchase used cars.
Detectives secured warrants for forgery in the first degree and theft by deception for both Lamb and Mayberry.
If anyone knows of Lamb’s or Mayberry’s whereabouts, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637). Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Numbers: 16-075472 & 16-075655