Counterfeit Money Passed In Somerville

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Jamal HAYWOOD (Utter & Poss Counterfeit Notes & Boston Warrant)

On Friday, August 03, 2018, Officer Kevin Goulart of the Somerville Police Department was assigned to marked unit East-1 along with his partner, Officer Devin Schneider. At approximately 8:01 PM, they were dispatched to Dunkin Donuts on a report of someone in the store who had passed counterfeit money.

The reporting person, later identified as the store manager, was remotely accessing the store surveillance cameras and observed the suspect. The suspect was described as a black male, wearing a white hat, white shirt and jeans, who was currently out in front of the business. Officer Reece (A-1) also responded as backup.

Upon arrival, Officer Kevin Goulart noticed a male matching the description inside the establishment. Officer Goulart and his partner approached the male, later identified as Mr. Jamal Haywood, and requested identification. He initially was hesitant and stated he didn’t have any identification on his person.

When Officer Schneider asked if he had anything dangerous on him due to their close proximity and the suspect’s fidgety nature, he stated he had a knife, which was recovered shortly thereafter.

Officer Schneider post frisk, asked if he had a wallet, which he removed from his pocket. Initially, Mr. Haywood stated he did not have a wallet. Officer Goulart could see a social security card sticking out from within the wallet, and took that and handed it to Officer Reece while Officer Goulartwent and spoke with employees.

Mr. Haywood stated to officers several times that he was an employee and had items in the back room he needed to retrieve. This statement was eventually proven to be a lie, as current employees and the manager stated separately that he did not work there. Officer Kevin Goulart made contact with a witness who is a current employee. He was able to get me in contact with And store employee, while Officers Schneider and Reece stayed with Mr. Haywood. Officer Goulart contacted another store employee by telephone and learned the following:

On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, she had placed a call to the Somerville Police Department for someone who had passed counterfeit money (Refer to Officer Isaacs initial report – Incident #18045463). She told Officer Goulart that on July 26, a $50 counterfeit bill was passed from Mr. Haywood to the witness.

On July 27, a $20 counterfeit bill was again passed from Mr. Haywood to witness. Officer Kevin Goulart asked this witness how she knew they were fake. She said that another store employee called her on July 27 to report the counterfeit $20, which had been marked with a special pen. After this, she went and had all the bills $20 and over marked. This is when she discovered the counterfeit $50. Both of the counterfeit bills had come from the store employee’s drawer.

When asked how she knew the bills were passed from the same person both times, she said it was all on surveillance footage. We were told that the footage mentioned in this report will be made available at a later date, and submitted into evidence. The marking device mentioned is a pen in which the ink will turn a different color if the bill is counterfeit. This is a common method used by store employees to verify US currency.

Officer Kevin Goulart then went over to Mr. Haywood who was asking for his wallet back. Officer Goulart explained to him that he had removed his wallet from his person, and the only item that he took from it was his Social Security Card, which Officer Goulart had returned. Mr. Haywood became upset and stated that his wallet was in the back room of the store. Mr. Haywood said to Officer Goulart that he did not have another wallet. Officer Goulart asked him how it would have got from his person to the back of the store, to which he did not have an answer.

Officers then began to search under tables, in seat cushions, on the floor and everywhere else within the area to search for the wallet. After approximately 10 minute of searching, the officers were unable to locate the wallet. Officer Reece who was speaking with Mr. Haywood, said he wanted to talk about why they were there.

As Officer Kevin Goulart approached Mr. Haywood, Officer Goulart told him the he was going to read him his Miranda Warning. He said, “you don’t need to, I know them.” Despite this statement and before Officer Goulart let Mr. Haywood speak, then read him his rights pursuant to Miranda from a card Officer Kevin Goulart keeps on his person.

Mr. Haywood then stated to Officer Kevin Goulart that he initially didn’t want to produce ID because he believed he had a warrant. Officer Goulart was able to run Mr. Haywood’s social security number from the card that he obtained from his wallet, and it showed he had an active arrest warrant (Docket #1501CR005756) out of Boston. Mr. Haywood was placed into handcuffs (double locked).

Mr. Haywood then admitted to passing both the $20, and $50 bills as mentioned previously in this report. Officer Kevin Goulart asked him if he knew the money was fake, to which he responded, “yes.” Officer Goulart asked him if that was the only fake money that he had, and he said it was not. Officer Goulart asked him where the rest of the money was, and that is when he said it was in his wallet, which he concealed in the front of his underwear when officers turned the other direction during out initial encounter with him.

Mr. Haywood said that he had “paid $1,000 for $2,500 of fake money.” When asked where/ who he got the money from, he refused to answer and said that it was his deal and he wouldn’t give up that information. He did say however, “It’s nobody that lives around here, you wouldn’t be able to find him anyways.” Officer Kevin Goulart then asked if it was from out of the state, maybe New York. Mr. Haywood responded, “yes, see you know everything already.”

Based on the above stated facts and statements, Mr. Haywood was placed under arrest on the following charges:

G.L. c267 S10 – Counterfeit Note, Utter (2 counts)

G.L. c267 S9 – Counterfeit Notes, Possess

G.L. c268 S13E – Tampering or Destruction of Evidence

Mr. Haywood was transported to the Somerville Police Station in marked prisoner transport vehicle unit 200, operated by Officer Lambert. He was booked by the shift commander, Lieutenant Rymill.

The wallet was recovered prior to placing Mr. Haywood inside the prisoner transport vehicle. All the counterfeit notes have been submitted into evidence. In addition, Officer Kevin Goulart has attached photographs digitally to this report of the notes.

When the other store employee arrived on scene a short time later and reiterated what she had told Officer Goulart over the phone. She also told Officer Goulart that she believed her other employee, was aware of the counterfeit money being handed to him based on surveillance footage. She stated that on July 27, he marked the $20 bill with a pen designed to change color to denote a counterfeit bill. He then placed it in the drawer and marked it on the other side. Despite the bill being visibly fake. She also said that when he handed over the fake $20 to her, he said it did not come from his drawer, but that of a fellow employee. Officer Goulart later asked the witness if he would be willing to talk about the fake money. Officer Kevin Goulart informed him that he was not being detained, and could leave upon his free will anytime he wished. This store employee stated that he did not know the money was fake. He has known Mr. Haywood for approximately 10 years. Officer Goulart asked him when he first learned about the fake money, and he said when he marked the $20 bill on July 27. The employee said he never marked any bills under $50, but did mark this one. He said he marked it once (conflicting with the other witness’s story) and then called that witness to let her know. Later in the questioning, the store employee’s story began to change to reflect the $50 bill as well. Officer Goulart asked why he didn’t mention the $50 bill in the first place, and if his story conflicts with any surveillance footage or witness accounts he could be charged, he said “we are done here” and walked away.

This report was forwarded to the detective bureau, as it will require further investigation.

This Real Life Somerville Police Story was respectfully submitted by Somerville Police Officer Kevin Goulart #326

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