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    Beebe police investigating counterfeit money case

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    • These are a few of the fake bills that police have received over the last few years. (Photo: Corporal Steve Hernandez, White County Sheriff's Department)
    • These are a few of the fake bills that police have received over the last few years. (Photo: Corporal Steve Hernandez, White County Sheriff's Department)
    • This is one of the fake bills that police have received over the last few years. (Photo: Corporal Steve Hernandez, White County Sheriff's Department)
    • Knife stolen from Beebe Flea Market with a fake $100 bill. (Photo: Pam Baccam, KTHV)
    • Items stolen from Beebe Flea Market with a fake $100 bill. (Photo: Pam Baccam, KTHV)
        

    BEEBE, Ark. (KTHV) - Officers with the Beebe Police Dept. are investigating a case of counterfeit money.

    A vendor at the Beebe Flea Market said a customer used a fake $100 bill to purchase a $54 knife on Saturday. The vendor gave the customer $46 in cash for change.

    Investigators with the Beebe Police Dept. said they have not seen a rash of counterfeit money, but at least one other agency in Arkansas has.Sebastian County authorities warned residents of an influx of fake $20's over the weekend. 

    In Nikki Yeager's case, he got scammed over a $100 bill. 

    "A man came up to us and couldn't make up his mind and came up to us again and wanted it [knife] and said 'I have to go ask my wife.' He brought his wife back and he bought the knife. He handed my wife a $100 counterfeit bill," said Yeager.

    He didn't know it was a fake until he tried to get change.

    "He [clerk] held it up to the light and there's supposed to be a strip in it. There's no strip in it," said Yeager.

    Yeager says this is the first time a customer has stolen anything from him since he started two years ago.


    "I've called the Beebe police department and FBI twice," said Yeager.

    Yeager handed in the fake cash to the Beebe police department. White County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Corporal Steve Hernandez showed us fake bills his office has received in the last six months.

    "If you look at them close you can tell by the fading, and it's a bad reprint," said Cpl. Steve Hernandez.

    "It looked like somebody stuck it in their pants and washed them," said Yeager.

    Yeager now plans to pay very close attention to the cash he's handed to make sure no one cuts into his profits again. Yeager was selling his knives at the Beebe flea market on Saturday when this happened.

    Beebe police say they are not seeing an influx in counterfeit bills, but it's still good to be on the lookout for scammers. Printing counterfeit money is a state and federal crime with lengthy sentences attached to a conviction.

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