A police traffic stop in suburban Chicago turned into federal charges after cops found law enforcement badges and about $800,000 in counterfeit U.S. Savings Bonds in the driver’s car, according to a newly-filed criminal complaint.
Robert R. Krilich, 58, is charged with possessing a counterfeit U.S. security intending to defraud.
Rosemont police pulled Krilich over on Tuesday afternoon because they didn’t see a license plate on his car, officials said. Things snowballed from there.
First, Krilich told the officers that he just picked up his car from O’Hare after returning from Las Vegas, and he believed someone stole his plates while he was gone. But the cops realized his car had a proper plate attached, but it was covered with a piece of paper.
Then, the cops learned that Krilich had an active arrest warrant in Cook County, so they took him into custody. Officers searched the car before having it towed, only to discover two blank car titles, a Homeland Security Investigations badge, $24,873 in cash, and “five glass pipes with white powdery residue,” a Secret Service agent wrote in a federal complaint.
Before long, the officers learned that the arrest warrant for Krilich was no longer valid, so the cops stopped searching his car, the agent said. But, by then, it was too late. The police secured a search warrant for Krilich’s car.
Inside the gray Ford sedan, they recovered about $800,000 worth of fake bonds, blank FBI credentials, a U.S. Marshal Service star, a Homeland Security Investigations badge, a typewriter, and two laptops, the agent claimed.
The agent detailed many clues that the savings bonds weren’t real. For example, they appeared to be printed on everyday printer paper with an inkjet. Some had information printed in the wrong places. Others had mismatched registration numbers.
Krilich’s story about returning from Las Vegas may be at least partly true. In 2016, he was convicted in Las Vegas of cashing $4,000 worth of fraudulent checks at the Red Rock Resort—checks that were drawn on the local district attorney’s office bank account, according to a news report from 2016.
Oddly, the money was taken from an account the Clark County district attorney’s office used for compensating victims of bad check schemes.
Saying Krilich is “the son of a Chicago-area real estate developer,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that he told police he got the district attorney’s checks from his heroin dealers.
Closer to home, Krilich was charged in the suburbs on December 7 with aggravated identity theft of a senior citizen, theft of more than $10,000, and forgery.
Prosecutors accused Krilich of opening an account at a Des Plaines bank last October using a Nevada driver’s license and four savings bonds, two of which were fraudulent, Journal & Topic reported last year. The account was quickly overdrawn by $20,756, according to the allegations.
The man whose information was listed on the Nevada license, who is over 60 years old, told detectives he lives out of state and never had a Nevada license, the outlet reported.
Des Plaines police arrested Krilich when he tried to open another account at the same bank’s Streeterville branch in December. The case is still pending.