DECATUR — A sworn police affidavit said a Decatur man bought a used sport utility vehicle for $2,900 in a private sale and paid for it Tuesday with 29 fake $100 bills.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office said the 19-year-old signed the title after the sale at a rural Decatur address and deputies soon traced the man to his apartment in the 800 block of West Eldorado Street.

“(He) was asked about the Lincoln Navigator and eventually admitted to buying the vehicle with counterfeit currency in the amount of $2,900,” the affidavit said.

Police said each of the counterfeit $100 bills had the same serial number and “what appeared to be Chinese symbols across the front and back of the bills.”

The affidavit did not explain how the man obtained the faux cash. He had contacted the vehicle owner using a Facebook account.

The man was booked on preliminary charges of forgery and theft of a motor vehicle. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.

Macon County Jail records show the man is free after posting $5,000 bond. Prosecutors had asked for $10,000.

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