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Trio arrested for using fake $100, $20 bills at Colonial Heights Walmart, surrounding stores

Posted at 3:23 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 15:23:02-04

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — Three suspects have been arrested for trying to pass counterfeit bills at the Walmart and other stores in the Southgate Square shopping center last week in Colonial Heights.

Officers were called to the  Walmart at 671 Southpark Boulevard Thursday for reports of a person attempting to pass counterfeit currency.

“Police units started checking the area and located the suspect as well as two other suspects in the parking lot of Southgate Square,” Capt. W. T. Newsome with Colonial Heights police said in a news release. “All three suspects were found to have attempted to pass counterfeit currency at other stores in the area and taken into custody.”

Officers, who found fake $100 and $20 bills, contacted the United States Secret Service and agents responded.

Arthur T. Porter, 26, and Malcolm C. Hemphill, 28, of Washington D.C. and Ricky S. Thomas, 31, of Suitland, Maryland, were arrested.

Hemphill was charged with attempting to utter a counterfeit bill and fraud. Porter was charged with possession of counterfeit currency and Thomas was charged with two counts of fraud, forge & utter counterfeit currency and attempt to utter counterfeit currency.

The suspect are being held without bond at the Riverside Regional Jail.