June 21, 2009

Police: Man pays fine with fake money

Police in Fort Worth, Texas, say a man attempted to pay a $70 municipal court fine using a counterfeit $20 bill.

Police allege in a report the man, whose identity was not reported, made the illegal payment for prior traffic violations while being supervised by a marshal in Forth Worth Municipal Court, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star Telegram reported Saturday.

A courthouse teller inspected the $20 bill offered by the man Wednesday and a routine ink test indicated the currency may be counterfeit, police allege. Police then took custody of him.

The Star Telegram said while the man was being held for his traffic warrants, police were investigating the counterfeiting claim before filing additional charges.