Tampa Men Charged with Possession of Counterfeit Bills

NEWS RELEASE 20-009 - JANUARY 23, 2020
                                                                                             Allen, Tariq  Singleton, Reshawn
                                                                                                                                      Allen                                                        Singleton
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Tampa men Wednesday afternoon for attempting to return merchandise they purchased using counterfeit bills.
Just before 5:00 p.m., deputies were notified by loss prevention personnel at Home Depot located at 4111 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota, of a possible scheme to defraud. According to loss prevention personnel, two suspects made a purchase at a Home Depot in Manatee County using counterfeit bills, before attempting to return the stolen items at the Sarasota store. Patrol and Tactical Unit deputies immediately responded and initiated a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle. During a search, deputies recovered a total of 20 counterfeit $100 bills along with marijuana and oxycodone. Both men were taken into custody and transported to the Sarasota County Correctional Facility.
Both Tariq Allen, DOB 04/13/97, and Re’Shawn Singleton, DOB 03/23/95, face the same charges including Possession of Counterfeit Bills, Dealing in Stolen Property, Possession of Oxycodone, and Possession of Marijuana. Allen remains in custody today on $11,000 bond. Singleton was released early Thursday morning.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.