Houston police are investigating reports of counterfeit money surfacing in the community.
An officer was dispatched at about 8:15 p.m. April 20 regarding a report of a woman trying to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at Walmart.
The officer was told by store personnel that the woman (32, of Licking) had tried to send funds via a money transfer and was still at the serve counter. The woman was read her Miranda rights and stated she received the bill from her boyfriend, of Springfield, and that she knew it didn’t look right.
The bill was seized as evidence and a report was sent to the county prosecutor.
On April 6, an officer investigated a report of two white male suspects making a purchase at Walmart using two counterfeit $100 bills.
Photographs provided by store personnel showed a man about 40 years old and a teenager making the purchase. Close inspection of the bill revealed that real $1 bills were used to create the fake 100s.
The following day, Licking police reported someone trying to pass a counterfeit $100 bill in their jurisdiction. The photo of the older Walmart suspect was sent to Licking, and authorities identified him as a Licking resident.
The case is still being investigated, and Licking Police Chief Scott Lindsey said the 40-year-old man is also currently facing other charges.