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DECATUR — A Decatur woman who helped pass two fake $100 bills at the restaurant where she worked now faces two preliminary charges of forgery, police said.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit said the 40-year-old woman was employed at the Hickory River Smokehouse, 2330 South Mount Zion Road and, on two occasions in October, she exchanged bogus bills for cash.

Detective Barry Hitchens, writing in the affidavit, said that in one instance the woman slipped the bill to a male customer who appeared to buy two small items and was given change when he presented the $100 bill that had been passed to him.

On the second occasion, Hitchens said the woman had a fake $100 bill lying ready next to her cash register and, after she had opened the register to make change for a customer, she retrieved real cash bills from the drawer and used the $100 bill to replace them.

The woman was arrested Monday afternoon and remained in the Macon County Jail on Tuesday night in lieu of posting $15,000 bond. Her preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

A manager for Hickory River Smokehouse did not wish to comment about this case "at this time." But Hitchens said in the affidavit that the manager of the restaurant had checked surveillance video, which helped reveal what the worker had been doing.

Hitchens said the woman admitted to what she had done and said she had been paid $50 and $25 for taking part in the forgeries.


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