Madison Man Arrested for Using Counterfeit Money, More Than $13,000 of Counterfeit Money in His Possession

  • Incident date: October 11, 2021, 12:00 pm
  • Incident type: Fraud
  • Location/address: UW-Madison Campus

The UW-Madison Police Department has arrested a Madison man on several charges of passing counterfeit money.

On at least three separate occasions, Ishmael D. Riley, 26, Madison, used counterfeit money at Capital Cafe, inside the UW-Madison School of Business. During one of the incidents, when an employee confronted him about the counterfeit money, Riley became verbally aggressive and threatened staff while holding a pair of scissors.

With the help of security cameras, UWPD investigators positively identified Riley and arrested him on Tuesday, October 19th. More than $13,000 in counterfeit money was found in Riley’s backpack when he was taken into custody. He has no affiliation with UW-Madison.

Riley was booked into the Dane County Jail for disorderly conduct while armed and three counts of using counterfeit money. The case has also been referred to the United States Secret Service.