Woman passes bogus bill at eatery

OKEECHOBEE — The search is on for a woman who reportedly passed a bogus $5 bill at a local fast food restaurant.

A report by Deputy Timothy Porter, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), stated the counterfeit bill was passed Thursday, June 23, around 1 p.m. at the McDonald’s restaurant on U.S. 441 South.

According to the deputy’s report an unknown black woman purchased some food then paid for her order with the bill. After taking the bill, the cashier became suspicious.

“(He) removed the bill (from the cash register) because he was suspicious of its texture,” the deputy explained.

The 52-year-old employee then gave the bill to his manager, who checked the instrument and verified it was, indeed, fake.

Deputy Porter documented the bill’s serial number as ME54434734A,
“The texture (of the bill) is slightly different than a United States printed bill and it is slightly shorter in length,” explained the deputy. “When held up to a light source the bill does not contain the strip that all U.S. printed bills contain.”

The deputy seized the bill and it has been placed into evidence at the sheriff’s office.

He also stated it’s not known if the woman who passed the bill knew that it was counterfeit.

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