Update: Man faces charges for laundering scheme at Carousel Lounge, forging Green Island Hills checks

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMay 15, 2013 

A man faced felony charges of forgery during an 8 a.m. Recorder's Court hearing Wednesday after he attempted to use counterfeit currency at the Carousel Lounge Tuesday morning.

Matthew McCall, 29, faced charges of felony possession of a Schedule II drug, two counts of felony possession of a Schedule IV drug, drug related objects, false information, felony forgery in the first and second degree and misdemeanor forgery in the fourth degree during Wednesday's hearing.

Officer David Webb told Judge Michael Cielinski that police first came into contact with McCall at the Carousel Lounge at about 2:30 a.m. after police received reported of suspected counterfeit currency being used at the club. An employee at the club told police that McCall attempted to use four counterfeit $1 bills to pay for a beer. All four of the bills were smaller than authentic currency and had the same serial number.

When officers searched McCall, they found 27 fake $1 bills in his wallet and 15 fake $1 bills in his shoes. Webb said officers also uncovered a fake ID with the name "Jonathan Evans"and two checks totaling more than $1,000 with the original recipient's name scratched out. The checks were readdressed to Jonathan Evans. An authentic $1 bill bearing the same serial number as the counterfeit money was also recovered.

Police also found several pills of the muscle relaxant Clonazepam and 1.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

McCall's possession of the items, according to his statements, came from two mysterious sources. The checks, he told police, came from a woman named "Tina" who stole them from a Green Island Hills mailbox. Tina allegedly wrote in McCall's alias because she thought it would help McCall, Webb said.

Webb did not connect this case to the silver thefts which have recently taken place in the Green Island Hills area.

The counterfeit bills Webb said were made in McCall's hotel room at Value Place on Victory Drive by a man called "Peanut."

Webb did not specify how McCall said he first met Peanut, but said McCall told officers the man came over to his hotel room shortly before McCall's arrest at Carousel Lounge with a plan to launder the counterfeit currency at the club.

McCall allegedly told officers he had no choice but to launder the money; Peanut had given McCall instructions to give the fake bills to dancers at Carousel Lounge, along with a warning that there would be "a man there watching him." The plan, Webb said, was to switch the fake bills for authentic currency at the end of the night.

Officers who searched McCall's room at Value Place found a three printers under the bed and paper with the same texture as the counterfeit money.

When officers asked McCall if any Carousel Lounge employees were involved in the laundering scheme, McCall allegedly replied that "he wasn't that high up in the operation."

Cielinski set McCall's bond at $28,200. His case will be forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.

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