Police Arrest Three Suspects in Motion Picture Money Incidents (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Monday, November 21, 2016, 11:51 (242 days ago)

Update: On Saturday, November 19, 2016, the Abilene Police Department Fraud Unit, with the assistance of the Patrol and the Special Operations Divisions arrested three suspects in connection with the Motion Picture currency which has been distributed around Abilene over the past few weeks. Brandi Mechelle Mullany is charged with 3rd Degree Felony Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and State Jail Felony Possession of Meth; Sean McNamara is charged with 3rd Degree Felony Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, State Jail Felony Possession of Meth and other charges; Brian Guilliams is charged with 3rd Degree Felony Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and State Jail Felony Possession of Meth. Police executed a search warrant at a South Abilene hotel where the three suspects were located. Several pieces of evidence including over $1,200 dollars in the Motion Picture currency and other merchandise purported to be purchased with the currency. In all, the Fraud Unit has worked over 25 cases related to the currency.

Original release: The Abilene Police Department Fraud Unit has seen a recent spike in counterfeit bills which is used specifically in motion pictures. Several bills of different denominations, mostly higher bills, have been passed to area merchants. The Police Department wants to educate local merchants that these bills are making their way through Abilene by a few suspects Detectives are looking to identify.

The bills look very similar to an authentic bill but will have a different feel, and have wording which identifies it as “For Motion Picture Use Only”. If you are a merchant and do come across fake currency, you are asked to contact the Abilene Police Department’s non-emergency number, 673-8331. You should also educate your employees to be aware of this currency.


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Brandi Mullany


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Sean McNamara


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Brian Guilliams

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