East Bay Man Charged With Making Counterfeit Money

HERCULES (CBS SF) — A Rodeo man was charged Friday for allegedly making counterfeit money and passing it on to local businesses, Hercules police said.

The investigation began Wednesday evening when Hercules police received a report of a man trying to open the doors to Bio-Rad’s offices at 825 Alfred Nobel Dr.

The man was described as a white man in his 50s wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt and carrying a brown jacket, police said.

Officers found a man matching that description crossing near the 3600 block of San Pablo Avenue and stopped him.

The man, Marcus Peppard, was identified as the person who had been at Bio-Rad, police said.

When officers searched him, they allegedly found what they described as a “large quantity” of counterfeit money, which he allegedly admitted to making, and police arrested him.

On Friday, Hercules officers served a search warrant at Peppard’s residence in at 216 B Sharon Drive in Rodeo, where they allegedly found more counterfeit money and a computer and printer they believe was used to make it.

The district attorney’s office filed felony counterfeit and forgery charges against Peppard, according to Hercules police.

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  • me

    not too bright

  • hugo poppernuts

    should have just said I found it on BART or something. I find all kinds of things on BART, like the other night, soiled panties & 7 condoms – woo!

  • Jeez

    If the cops could identify the counterfeit money right away why were businesses unable to detect the fraud??

  • dgari

    Not bright is right. Last time I checked, you don’t have to confess to a felony that will put you away for 20 to Life… Darn it, the one time I needed a lawyer, and I didn’t call him.

  • jo mamma

    us currency is only worth slightly more than toilet paper anyway. really in 1953 you could buy a top of the line jaguar sedan for less than $5000. gold was $35 dollars an ounce now its $1500. dollars are not worth counterfitting…the federal reserve is the counterfitters. printing more and more paper money with nothing to back it up.

  • Mark

    hahahahaha … I’d like to nominate this guy for the 2011 Darwin Award in the “Outstanding Non-Utilization Of One’s Brain” category!

  • sfcare

    and I guess “he could not take that? to the bank!” I know kind of lame ! but FUNNY!@

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