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DECATUR — Police said a Decatur gas station clerk confronted with a fake $100 bill didn’t have to work too hard to spot it: Writing on the back of the bill appeared to be “Chinese.”

The 28-year-old man who tried to pass it in payment for four packets of cigarettes at the Kroger Fuel Store, 1401 W. King St., was arrested Tuesday morning. 

In addition to the writing, a sworn police affidavit said the $100 bill, which was ripped and the man was trying to tape back together, also failed a test with a “counterfeit detection marker” that changes color to identify fake bills.

He was booked on preliminary charges of forgery and possession of drug paraphernalia after police said they found a crack pipe in his backpack. Preliminary charges of subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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