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Two charged in currency exchange

August 11, 2006

FREDERCK, Md. - Two men were arrested in Frederick on Wednesday after they allegedly picked up a package containing Iraqi currency, which investigators seized as part of an investigation into a Massachusetts-based scam, the Frederick Police Department said in a news release.

David Gilbert Wolfand, 18, of 10730 Horde St. in Silver Spring, Md., and Jean-Baptiste Onana Ekani, 20, of 658 Ivy League Lane in Rockville, Md., each were charged with theft more than $500, uttering and conspiracy to commit theft, the release states.

Ekani was being held without bond Thursday morning at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, a jail spokesman said. There was no record of Wolfand at the jail, the spokesman said.

On Aug. 8, the owner of Dartmouth Capital, a company near Boston that sells foreign currency to speculators, told police that he was defrauded "of a large sum of money" over the last year, the release states.

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For the scam, someone "always" calls his business to place an order at the last minute and requests a package be sent overnight and shipped cash on delivery, the release states. Whoever picks up the package pays with a counterfeit check, police said.

The delivery Wednesday was to an address on Waverly Drive and it was there that police, who set up surveillance of the site, arrested the two men and seized the package, according to the release.

The United States Secret Service is involved in the investigation, police said.

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