Fenton police responded to Walmart on Owen Road on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 5:32 p.m. on a report of a male attempting to pass counterfeit money.
Responding police officers made contact with the man, later identified as a 28-year-old Flint man.
Lt. Jeff Cross said officers recovered several counterfeit $50 bills in the man’s possession. The man was arrested. During a search, police also recovered methamphetamine in the man’s possession.
The man was transported and lodged at the Genesee County Jail, pending arraignment on the two charges, uttering and publishing (passing) counterfeit bills and possession of methamphetamine.
Following his arraignment, his identity would be released.
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Cross said Fenton police also took several complaints over the weekend involving counterfeit $20, $50 and $100 bills. The bills recovered by police passed the counterfeit bill detector pen (ink test). It is unknown if these cases are related to the Flint suspect mentioned above.
Police are investigating the cases and will turn the confiscated fake bills over to the Secret Service for follow up.
Cross said if the bills pass the ink test, the bills are likely a lower denomination bill that has been washed and reprinted to appear as a $20, $50 or $100 bill. He said anyone accepting anything larger than a $10 bill should closely inspect it and look for the watermarks. If you suspect the bill is counterfeit, confiscate the bill immediately to prevent it from further circulation and turn it over to your local police department.
If the Secret Service determines that the confiscated bills are legitimate, they will return them to police in order to be returned to the rightful owner.
To combat fake money, Cross said some businesses are purchasing automatic counterfeit detectors with infrared, magnetic and ultraviolet sensors, which cost approximately $100. The bills are inserted into the machine for instant detection.