Belgrade man accused of printing fake bills to support drug habit

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 23, 2013, at 1:55 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Belgrade man could face federal counterfeiting charges after Waterville police arrested him Tuesday, Chief Joseph Massey said Wednesday morning.

Jeremy McCaslin, 37, allegedly printed numerous fake $50, $20 and $10 bills to support a drug habit, according to Massey.

“We are going to contact the Secret Service. They would have an option of charging him with counterfeiting money,” Massey said. “They can make a determination of whether they want to take it up to the federal level.”

For now, McCaslin is being held at the Kennebec County Jail on a charge of aggravated forgery, a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

An investigation started last week when businesses in the Waterville area informed police they had taken counterfeit bills from McCaslin, Massey said.

A break in the case came on Monday when police were informed by a taxicab company that McCaslin had taken a cab from J and S Oil to Belgrade, Massey said.

“The cab company was able to tell us the location where they dropped [McCaslin] off,” Massey said.

Thanks to that tip and surveillance images from J and S Oil, police were able to identify McCaslin and a search warrant was obtained for his West Road home in Belgrade, according to Massey.

When officers got to the scene on Tuesday afternoon, McCaslin was seen getting into a car, and two of them followed the vehicle into Waterville while others executed the search warrant, Massey said.

Upon searching McCaslin’s vehicle as it was pulled over, police found paper he had used to print the money on and two printers, the police chief said. Counterfeit $50, $20 and $10 bills also were found, along with Suboxone pills.

As McCaslin was apprehended, he admitted to police he has a problem with narcotics, Massey said.

In addition to the forgery charge, police also charged McCaslin with unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, a Class D misdemeanor, Massey said.

Massey said the case remains open and additional charges against McCaslin could be pending.

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