A call for suspected counterfeit bills being passed at an Okaloosa Island nightclub Thursday ultimately led to the arrests of four Texas men believed connected to a string of counterfeit cash cases across Okaloosa County and beyond.
Last night, management at Sammys Nightclub on Okaloosa Island reported two men passing counterfeit $100 bills to cover the $10 admission, getting $90 in real cash in return. The men were confronted, but quickly left in a silver Nissan Versa with a Texas plate. They were stopped a short time later by an observant Okaloosa County Sherif’f’s office deputy, who spotted the car heading into Destin on Highway 98.
A search of the car yielded a hidden compartment, more counterfeit bills, large amounts of cash, and marijuana.
28-year old Justin Brown of Houston Texas is charged with passing counterfeit bills and petty theft. 20-year old Kameron Grant of Cypress Texas is charged with possession of countefeit bills, passing counterfeit bills, petty theft and criminal conspiracy.
Two other individuals in the car, 22-year old Antoine Ridge of Cypress Texas and 22-year old Marquise Fonville of Katy Texas have also been charged in connection with passing counterfeit bills in mid-September at multiple Destin businesses.
The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are expected.