Connecticut State Police Detective Sergeant (Retired) Jerry Longo and journalist Andy Thibault will discuss the career and memoir of Louis the Coin Colavecchio Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Morris Public Library, 4 North St., Morris, CT

It is hoped that Colavecchio will also be able to attend.

Colavecchio, 78, had pleaded guilty to creating counterfeit $100 bills at his apartment in Pawtucket, RI.

Longo had arrested Colavecchio in a prior case in which The Coin had manufactured and used undetectable $100 slot machine tokens at casinos in Connecticut, New Jersey and Nevada. They subsequently became friends and appeared together at Gateway Community College in New Haven and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.

Update – A federal judge in Providence on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 reduced Louis Colavecchio’s sentence to time served, but said he must remain in custody until an appropriate release plan is in place.

Thibault, city editor for the Republican-American in Waterbury and a private investigator, collaborated with Colavecchio and Gateway Professor Franz Douskey to write the memoir, “You Thought It Was More – Adventures of the World’s Greatest Counterfeiter, Louis The Coin.”

Longo wrote the book’s introduction. He is now a senior investigator for a major casino and chairman of the Connecticut State Police Museum in Meriden. A portion of royalties from the memoir is being donated to the restoration of a 1941 police cruiser at the museum. Direct donations can be mailed to: CSPAAAMEC P.O. Box 1945 Meriden, CT 06450-0899 Notation: Garage or 41 project.

To register for the event with the Library: 860-567-7440 or

Background / links for Louis the Coin presentation

Book website

Jerry Longo interview, Ray Dunaway Morning Show on Louis the Coin 12-12-19 via @YouTube

WVOX Westchester host Mathew Mari takes deep dive into Louis the Coin book via @YouTube

Louis video:

The whole idea behind it was to be like a tax collector [for casinos] via @YouTube

Louis the Coin book supports restoration of 1941 Ford patrol car at CT State Police Museum

CT State Police Museum

Museum Facebook

Louis the Coin Facebook

Louis Twitter

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