A Baltimore man was arrested after he allegedly purchased an item with counterfeit bills. Information from a dating profile contributed to the arrest.
Raymond Dwayne Jefferson, 32, was charged with counterfeiting U.S. currency with intent to defraud, possession of forged currency, and theft between $100 and $1,500. He was released on $1,500 bail Friday, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of charges, Maryland State Police troopers responded to the Food Lion on Gamber Road on March 6 after a store manager reported that a man had purchased a Visa gift card for $200 using two $100 bills.
Troopers determined that the bills were counterfeit after they failed multiple tests. The manager provided security camera footage of the man, according to the statement.
Later, Baltimore County police contacted troopers after speaking to a woman who said she had met a man on a dating website and spent most of the morning with him before they went to the Food Lion. She said she stayed in the car while he entered the store. He emerged quickly soon after and sped away, according to the statement.
Because he was driving recklessly, she demanded to be let out of the car and she began walking down Franklin Boulevard, she told police after being contacted by them as she was walking down the boulevard, according to the statement.
Police matched the man’s dating profile images to the security footage from the Food Lion. A subpoena was issued for the dating website user’s information, and on May 7, police identified the user as Jefferson using the information and various databases, according to the statement.
Jefferson had previously been a suspect in an alleged counterfeiting incident in Montgomery County, according to the statement.
An individual reached at the number listed for Jefferson said it was the wrong number.