Suspects accused of using $100 counterfeit bills in Clark County

Two people have been accused of attempting to use fake $100 bills at several post offices in the Miami Valley, including Clark and Champaign counties.

Donye McClesky, 29, and Houda-Ezamane Hamadi, 20, both have been charged with two counts of forgery and tampering with evidence.

Ten U.S. Postal Service locations ranging from Christiansburg to Enon to Yellow Springs to Dayton reported the suspects allegedly attempted to exchange counterfeit $100 bills for money orders in September and October, according to court records. Several post offices took the fake money, investigators said, and the pair allegedly received at least $2,500 in money orders.

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Hamadi allegedly attempted to purchase an $800 money order with fake money Tuesday at the Enon post office, according to court records, but the post master said the money didn’t feel right and he remembered an alert about possible counterfeiting. He asked Hamadi to fill out some paperwork and she allegedly instead fled into a car. The post master got a partial license plate from the car.

Federal investigators looking into the counterfeit money reports then located that car on Dayton Lakeview Road and stopped it with assistance from state troopers. Investigators alleged both suspects were found in the car with counterfeit money.

Both suspects pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday and their bonds were set at $15,000. They will have to wear GPS monitors upon release from jail. Neither was listed as an inmate at the Clark County Jail on online records on Thursday afternoon.

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The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Postal Inspection assisted with the case as well.

One Clark County resident said she’s not surprised to hear about counterfeit money in the area. Katy Michaels works at a restaurant and sees it sometimes.

“There was a bleached $5 bill (someone was) trying to pass as a $50,” Michaels said. “I was just kind of shocked, somebody really took the time to do this and then they expected nobody to notice.”

She’s been taught to check the bills for strips embedded in them and to pay attention to the fell of the cash, Michaels said.


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