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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • "Funny Money" turning up all over Helena-West Helena

  • Three incidents involving “Funny Money” are being investigated in the city according to Helena-West Helena Police reports. Two of the incidents involve counterfeit $20 bills and the third, a $50 bill. All three reports occurred from Aug. 18 through Aug. 20.
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  • Three incidents involving “Funny Money” are being investigated in the city according to Helena-West Helena Police reports. Two of the incidents involve counterfeit $20 bills and the third, a $50 bill. All three reports occurred from Aug. 18 through Aug. 20.
    Officer Tekiyah Walker responded to the first call at Hays Grocery Store on Sebastian. The person with the reported counterfeit bill was still in the store at the time Walker arrived according to her narrative. Store Manager John Smith reported that one of his cashiers caught the bill.
    The man who attempted to pass the bill explained that he had received it from another man who wanted change for the $50 bill. The man told the officer in the report that the person had pulled the same stunt on him about a year ago involving a $100 bill.
    According to the report, the bill was confiscated as evidence.
    That same day, Cpl. Phillip Keys reported that he responded to a call involving a bogus $20 bill at Sonic Drive In. In Keys’ report, Manager Patrick Roberson told the officer that a female attempted to pay for her food with a fake bill. One of the servers spotted the bill was a phony. She went to get change and turned the bill over to Roberson, who in turn immediately called police.
    The driver left the scene before police arrived according to the report. She was described as being light skinned with an earring above her left eye.
    On Aug. 20, Cpl. Carson McGee was stopped by a McDonald’s employee regarding a counterfeit $20 bill. McGee’s report stated that the night manager reported that an unknown person came through the drive-in window around 10:15 p.m. and paid for their purchase with what turned out to be a counterfeit $20 bill.

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