A man suspected of scamming Marin librarians is getting the book thrown at him.
Daniel Han Shi, 26, of San Francisco, California was charged with burglary, forgery and counterfeiting counts after allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at the library in Fairfax.
Fairfax librarian Margaret Miles called police Monday night after spotting Shi at her counter. Seconds earlier, she had received a chain email from other local librarians about a man similar to Shi who was breaking counterfeit $20s to get smaller bills for the copy machine.
The case developed rapidly Monday after a man tried to pass a fake $20 at the Marin City library. The man asked an assistant librarian to break the $20 into smaller bills so he could make copies off a flash drive.
The Marin City branch sent an advisory email to other libraries in the county. Librarians in Tiburon, Larkspur and Sausalito discovered that they too had received fake $20s.
“It was one of the most extraordinary things I’ve witnessed during my time as a librarian. It was kind of exciting I guess to see how librarians throughout the county were communicating and getting the police involved. Kudos to everyone.”
Shi admitted passing the bills at numerous Marin libraries and said he had paid $5 to order the faux money off the Internet, Morin said.
“I thought it was particularly heinous of someone to try to pass off counterfeit money at libraries,” said Miles, the Fairfax librarian. “We’re a public institution, we’re trying to do good, it’s not a moneymaking business.
“I wanted him gotten. There should be a special place in hell for someone who tries to pass a counterfeit bill at a library.”