Bills Might Have Come From A Plant Near Detroit
04, 1985 | By Elaine Bennett of The Orlando Sentinel Staff
than $7,000 worth of bogus bills mailed to about a dozen people in
Orange and Seminole counties last January have been linked to a
counterfeit manufacturing plant near Detroit that was raided last month
by U.S. Secret Service agents.
determined this week that the counterfeit $100 bills, which were sent
anonymously to the Florida residents in plain brown envelopes with no
return address, contained the same serial numbers as some of the bogus
bills seized March 22 at the plant in Livonia, a Detroit suburb.
raided the plant, they seized about $335,000 worth of counterfeit $100
and $20 bills. They also confiscated a press used to make the bogus
bills, along with counterfeit cashier's checks, Social Security cards
and birth certificate forms, said Wayne Welch, special agent in charge
of the Detroit Secret Service office.
arrested the owner of the plant, James William Breen, 37, of Livonia,
and Allan B.
Silvarman, 45, of Farmington, also a Detroit suburb. Both were
charged with possession of and passing of counterfeit currency.
Bills In Mail Were Counterfeiter's Trick
03, 1985 | By Jay Hamburg of The Orlando Sentinel Staff
Service agents said Tuesday they have cleared up the case of the phony
$100 bills sent to at least 11 Orlando area residents in January.
Agents said the
bills were mailed to shore up the defense of a Winter Park man charged
with passing counterfeit money. The man claimed he received the bills
''The bills were
sent to kind of throw up a smokescreen,'' Orlando special agent Don
mailings started after agents arrested Richard Wayne Gibson, 58, in
December on charges of passing counterfeit notes at Colonial Plaza in
Orlando. Gibson later was found guilty of passing and possessing
counterfeit currency. He was sentenced in March to three years in a
His son, John
Gibson, 36, pleaded guilty May 29 to the same charge. He is awaiting
the mail scheme unraveled after agents in Michigan closed a
counterfeiting plant near Detroit, seizing more than $335,000 in phony
money. The money bore the same plate numbers as the bills mailed to
that the Gibsons had received their counterfeit bills from the plant
operators, James William Breen, 37, of Livonia and Allan B. Silvarman,
45, of Farmington. Both are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty
to charges stemming from the case.
TWO MEN CHARGED WITH COUNTERFEITING
BOB CAMPBELL -- Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
The owner of a Livonia print shop and the co-owner of a Farmington
security and detective agency were charged Friday with running a major
Detroit area counterfeiting ring.
James Breen, 37, owner of QPS Print Shop, 34733 Plymouth Road, Livonia,
45, co-owner of Security Services in Farmington, were arrested early
Friday at Breen's home, said Wayne Welch, special agent in charge of
the U.S. Secret Service office in Detroit.
Breen and Silvarman, who appeared Friday before U.S. Magistrate Lynn
Hooe Jr., were charged with passing and possessing counterfeit
currency, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of
$5,000. Breen was ordered held on $50,000 bond and Silvarman was
ordered held on $25,000 bond. Secret Service agents seized
$335,000 in counterfeit $20 and $100 bills, an undetermined amount of
counterfeit Comerica bank checks, phony government seals for
authenticating birth certificates, a printing press and various
counterfeiting supplies at Breen's home and the print shop, Welch
The charges stemmed from a seven-month federal investigation that also
involved the Livonia and Farmington Hills police departments, according
to Welch and U.S. Attorney Joel Shere.
Welch said probably no more than $5,000 of the counterfeit money is
circulating in the Detroit area. Bills allegedly produced on the offset
printing press have turned up in Los Angeles and Orlando, Fla., he
said. The bills began appearing in the Detroit area last October,
Welch said. Their major flaw, he said, is the absence of fine
blue and red lines that appear on genuine notes.
Welch said about 15 offset printing plates were used for producing
different "families of notes." "We've had larger cases, but this
is a pretty good-sized case, " Welch said.
The Secret Service estimates $89 million in bills were counterfeited in
1984 but that all but $7.5 million were seized by government agents
before they got on the street, Welch said.
Detroit News - March 23, 1985
Boca Raton News - July 4, 1985
Los Angeles Times - January
you receive a packet of $100 bills in the mail from Inglewood, Calif.,
don't try spending it. The bills probably are counterfeit. That was the
message from the U.S. Secret Service after several residents of the
Orlando, Fla., area reported receiving plain brown envelopes containing
from $300 to $1,500 in phony century notes. No one knows who sent them
from a post office in the Los Angeles suburb or how the names and
addresses of the Florida recipients were selected. Each person who
reported receiving the bills noticed that the notes had the same serial
number, Secret Service Agent Don Stebbins said in Orlando. "This is
real bizarre," Stebbins said. "It could almost be viewed as a joke,
except that if the recipients had passed the bills, knowing they were
counterfeit, they could have found themselves in a lot of legal
The New York Times --
January 13, 1985
AROUND THE NATION
Counterfeit $100 Bills Mailed to
Fla., Jan. 12— Plain brown envelopes full of $100 bills are turning up
in residents' mailboxes in central Florida, according to Federal
agents, who say the money is counterfeit.
bills are all being mailed out of Inglewood, Calif.," said Donald A.
Stebbins of the Orlando office of the United States Secret Service.
contain no advertising literature, no note, no return address, nothing!"
Stebbins said 12 people had reported receiving 90 of the counterfeit
bills since the first report on Monday. He said the recipients were of
varying ages and received their
from diverse sources.
said counterfeit $100 bills were passed in Orlando last month. Richard
Wayne Gibson of Winter Park, Fla., a retired man, has been indicted by
a Federal grand jury in that case.