Racine Police-Fraud investigation results in three arrests in “black money” scam

rapd 1Today the Racine Police Department was notified of a potential fraud involving fake currency.

A concerned citizen reported to the department that a possible scam was going to occur today, during the morning hours, at 1610 Washington Ave. (Furniture Warehouse). Officers and Investigators responded to the area of Furniture Warehouse and waited for the suspects to arrive and initiate their scam. Upon the suspects arrival they entered the building and proceeded to execute what is commonly known as a “Black Money Scam” inside the establishment. Investigators and officers entered the building and detained three individuals.

Investigators interviewed the three and confirmed that they were in fact attempting to execute a black money scam on the establishment (A black money scam, sometimes also known as the “black dollar scam” or “wash wash scam”, is a scam where con artists attempt to fraudulently obtain money from a victim by persuading him or her that piles of banknote-sized paper in a trunk or a safe are actually currency notes that have been dyed to avoid detection by authorities. The victim is persuaded to pay fees and purchase chemicals to remove the dye, with the promise of a share in the proceeds.)

Evidence of the scam was located inside the store and the vehicle the suspects arrived in.

Arrested were:

Samba Soumare 08/89, Pennsylvania address
Bility Solomane 01/84, Pennsylvania address
Malcom T. Nimley 10/94, Pennsylvania address

Above suspects were all charged with Uttering and Theft by Fraud. Solomane had an additional charge of Resisting.

The collaborative effort by citizens, investigators, and officers, led to the quick arrest of the above listed individuals.

Racine Police investigators are interested in any additional information that anyone may have about this crime or other frauds. Any witnesses, or citizens with information, are urged to call the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit at (262) 635-7756.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crimestoppers at (262) 636-9330, or text 274637 (CRIMES). Text message should begin with RACS.