Police crack counterfeit bill scam

LILBURN - Lilburn police are urging Gwinnett businesses to take a second look at money that's passing through registers after a counterfeit bill scam was thwarted last week.

Lilburn police arrested Roderick Thornton in connection to a counterfeiting scam that investigators said spanned across metro Atlanta.

Thornton used false $20, $50 and $100 bills to make purchases in businesses throughout the region and then returned the items to separate stores, according to Lilburn Police Department Det. Matt Lake.

Police also believe Thornton used counterfeit bills to buy money orders, which were cashed at area businesses.

Thornton was charged Nov. 5 with numerous crimes related to the scam.

The charges include four total counts of forgery, three counts of theft by deception and a count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond. Records show the arrest is Thornton's first in Gwinnett.

"(Thornton) has committed this scam on businesses that have not yet come forward" and could possess counterfeit bills, Lake said.

Lilburn police ask anyone with information on victimized businesses or Thornton's alleged accomplices to call Det. Lake at 770-638-2240.