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Police arrest two in alleged ‘movie currency’ scheme

Dedrik Taliaferro, 19, and Jermihia Davis, 22 (Courtesy James City County)

Police have arrested two men in connection with a counterfeit bill scheme using movie prop currency.

James City County Police arrested 19-year-old Dedrik Taliaferro on June 21 for allegedly using a $100 bill marked “for motion picture use only” at a James City County 7-Eleven in May, James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said.

Six days later, on Tuesday, police also arrested Jermihia Davis, 22, in connection to the same incident.

Police obtained arrest warrants earlier this month for both Davis and Taliaferro, charging the men with obtaining money by false pretense, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, conspiracy to commit a felony and passing counterfeit bills.

Police believe Davis and Taliaferro entered the 7-Eleven at the corner of Longhill and Centerville roads on May 5 and gave the clerk a fake $100 bill to purchase juice.

The clerk gave Davis change for the $100, only realizing the bill was counterfeit once the men left, police said.

Five days later, on May 10, a 14-year-old male entered the same 7-Eleven and allegedly attempted to get change for another counterfeit $100 bill, police said.

Through the investigation, police discovered the two older men, who were relatives of the 14-year-old, gave the teen the bill and told him to get change for it, Williams said.

Both men are scheduled to appear in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court in July. Taliaferro’s hearing is on July 11 at 8:30 a.m., and Davis’ is July 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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