GREENVILLE, Mich –
The man accused of passing fake $100 bills in Greenville has a criminal history dating back to the 1950s.
Danny Ray Roger, 71, met with a Montcalm County judge via video to be arraigned on the latest charges against him.
He’s accused of making and using counterfeit 100 dollar bills at stores throughout Montcalm County.
“We have had in the neighborhood of maybe a dozen or so complaints,” Lieutenant Steve Russell said.
The Montcalm county sheriff’s department said one of those complaints came from Michael’s Farm Market in Stanton.
Store clerk Sheila Dulyea was tipped off after a relative was detained for using a bill that came from her store. She told her son, the store owner, to show her his wallet.
“I seen Mike had this hundred-dollar bill in his hand, and I grabbed it and said let me see that,” Dulyea explained.
“And I l looked at it and said this is counterfeit. He says no it’s not. I said ‘yes it is.’ I held it up to the light and said ‘there’s no face in the corner,’” she added.
Not long after, a detective showed up to the store. He was already on the case. Tips from each store, including the Admiral Gas Station in Greenville, led them to Roger.
So they searched his home at the suspect’s home on E. Summit Street in Greenville. “[Investigators] were able to find some evidence that would suggest that they may be making the money there or at least were involved in making the counterfeit bills,” Russell explained.
He added, “They also found some drugs. They also found some weapons and things like that.”
Investigators believe Roger wasn’t acting alone but was joined by a ring of people.
“Some are family, some are not family and most of the names are people the Greenville PD is certainly familiar with,” Russell said.
Detectives don’t know how many people are involved, but they believe to have nabbed the ring leader. It’s a little piece of mind for area businesses. It’s also rewarding for an employee who helped catch him.
“I feel good about it. I feel good about it. I’m glad that the police detective did his job, followed up on it. I hope he gets what he deserves,” Dulyea said.
The Secret Service, which enforces and investigates counterfeit cases, has been informed. Roger is being held in the Montcalm County Jail on a $25,000 dollar bond.