STAFFORD - The Stafford Township Police Department announced the arrest of four individuals charged with attempting to pass on $100 dollar counterfeit bills to local businesses.

Wednesday afternoon, March 14 the police received reports from The Beauty Store located in Stafford Square and Dunkin Donuts located on Washington Avenue of several subjects attempting to use $100 dollar counterfeit bills to make purchases.

The police received a description of the suspects and their vehicle and were located a short time later by Patrolman Russell Griffin.  Griffin stopped the car and was assisted by Patrolman Joseph Luna.  The stop took place on Route 72 near Route 9.

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The preliminary investigation led to the arrest of the following:

  • Gregory Cooper 19 years old of North Brunswick, NJ for Forgery, Conspiracy and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
  • Shaquille  Hargrove 22 years old of Newark, NJ, was charged with forgery, conspiracy, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
  • Wayne Grant 20 years of Orange, NJ, was charged possession of a controlled dangerous substance. 
  • Nygee Brown 18 years old of West Orange, NJ, was charged with forgery, conspiracy, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. 

The driver of the vehicle, Gregory Cooper was issued multiple motor vehicle summonses.  He also had an active traffic warrant for his arrest issued by the Newark Municipal Court. He was later released on his own recognizance.

All four subjects were released with court appearances to be scheduled by Ocean County Superior Court. Patrolman Russell Griffin and Patrolman Joseph Luna were the arresting officers with the assistance of Detective Drew Smith.

As policy, the Stafford Township Police Department will not release the photos of any defendants. 

Also, the media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations, and that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.