Counterfeit bills passed at 2 Victoria businesses
April 11, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.
Updated April 10, 2014 at 11:11 p.m.
Two auto parts and accessory stores in Victoria have reported customers paying for goods with counterfeit bills.
O'Reilly Auto Parts, 1007 E. Rio Grande St., and Advance Auto Parts, 904 E Rio Grande St., filed incident reports with the Victoria Police Department on Tuesday, stating a customer paid for merchandise with counterfeit money.
The money is reported to be off in color and texture.
An arrest was made in Shiner in late March when officers recovered a mobile counterfeit lab after a cashier at the Dollar General store tipped them off to a man who tried to use fake $10 and $20 bills at the store.
The counterfeit money recovered in Edna were $100 bills that were slightly smaller than a legal $100 bill and all have serial numbers ending in 1602 B.
Passing and distributing counterfeit money is considered forgery, a third-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment of two to 10 years, and a fine not to exceed $10,000 could be assessed.