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Counterfeit bills found at Valley Mall

February 03, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Counterfeit bills found at Valley Mall

A Valley Mall merchant discovered counterfeit $20 bills at a store Monday morning, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The manager of G&G Clothing found two bills of the same description as others passed earlier to two other merchants.

A Martinsburg, W.Va., man was charged Saturday with using counterfeit $20 bills to buy clothes and shoes at J.C. Penney and Payless Shoes, deputies said.

Rickie Lee Nash, 30, of 406 S. Kentucky Ave., was released from the Washington County Detention Center after posting $10,000 bond.

On Saturday, a J.C. Penney sales clerk contacted mall security and loss prevention officers after receiving four suspicious-looking $20 bills toward a $80.84 clothing purchase, deputies said.

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The bills were slightly smaller than real bills, off-color, lacked security strips and had identical serial numbers, deputies said.

Two counterfeit $20 bills, similar to the others except for their serial numbers, also were used in the purchase of three pairs of boots for $45.15 at Payless Shoes, deputies said.

Nash was charged with two counts of uttering counterfeit U.S. currency, two counts of theft under $300 and one count of theft scheme under $300, deputies said.

The sheriff's department are asking merchants to check their currency carefully and report any suspicious bills.

The sheriff's department is trying to determine whether there's any connection with counterfeit money passed at the mall around the holidays, said Deputy Richard Peacock.

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