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.

Reports of counterfeit bills also have circulated in Edna and Shiner, although investigators do not believe them to be related.

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.



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