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Police charge man with counterfeiting

November 01, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An 18-year-old man was in Eastern Regional Jail Thursday evening after police said he attempted to pass five counterfeit $20 bills at the Wendy's restaurant off North Queen Street in Martinsburg, according to jail and court records.

Corey Anthony Richardson of 600 N. High St. was charged with counterfeiting and was being held on a $20,000 bond set by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller, records show.

A restaurant employee told Martinsburg Police Department patrolman R.R. Bleigh Wednesday that the defendant attempted to buy two junior bacon cheeseburgers and gave the clerk the fake money and told her he wanted change for his money, according to the officer's complaint.

The employee said the defendant also indicated that he would put $30 under the booster chairs for her if she would "change out" the bills for him, Bleigh said in the complaint.

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"I asked him if he knew the bills he gave (the clerk) were fake and he informed me that he did because they didn't feel right," Bleigh said in his complaint.

Bleigh said six $20 bills were seized and five had the same serial number. A $10 bill also was seized and Bleigh said federal authorities were contacted.

- Matthew Umstead

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