LIVONIA (WWJ) - A 45-year-old Livonia man is facing multiple criminal charges for allegedly passing phony $100 bills.
Police say Blane Smallwood, who is currently on parole for home invasion, was caught on security videos passing the bogus $100 bills at Livonia's Riverside Arena and Larry's Foodland. The bills had the same serial number and a red Chinese symbol on the back.
When officers arrested Smallwood at his home on Jan. 29, they recovered an additional 281 counterfeit $100 bills, which if real would have a value of $28,100.
Smallwood was arraigned Feb. 1 on two counts of counterfeit-coins/possession and two counts of uttering and publishing counterfeit bills or notes. Bond was set at $10,000, 10%.
Smallwood is due back in court on Feb. 13 for a probable cause conference.