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Cafe Amici among Businesses Targeted in Counterfeit $100 Scam

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -  Police captured three Trenton men and juvenile Monday evening who had been driving around the township allegedly attempting to defraud area businesses with bogus $100 bills, police said.

According to police, at around 4:30 p.m. police were called to the stores in Summerfield Plaza off Route 522 on a report of a group of people attempting to cash a fraudulent $100 dollar bill at the Stop and Shop grocery store.

Officers checked the area for the suspects but they had left, police said.

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At 5:50 p.m., police were called again after the group had allegedly attempted to use a $100 bill to pay for a $10 check at an Italian restaurant on Davidson Mill Road.

An employee of the restaurant said the group had ordered food from Café Amici and allegedly fled when confronted that the money was fake, police said.

The suspects walked out of Café Amici and warned another suspect who was in a nearby nail salon by saying “Cinderella, its time to go,” police said.

Police said the four suspects then got into a brown Pontiac Grand Am and fled towards Route 130.

Several minutes later Detective Monica Shearer observed the suspect’s Pontiac driving on Georges Road.

Detective Shearer stopped the vehicle on Route 522, police said.

An investigation determined that Clifton Ownes, 35, Kyle Silvas, 24, Brian Brown, 23, and a 17-year-old female, all from Trenton, had been passing the fraudulent money, police said.

According to police, the group would allegedly go into a business and order something for under $20 and use a fake $100 dollar bill to pay for it.

Brown was charged with forgery and theft of services, with the remaining suspects charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, police said.

All were released pending their first court appearances.

Police said they are now looking into if the group had committed similar frauds in the area.

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