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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 18, May 2, 2010, Article 26

MAN CAUGHT PAYING COUNTY FINE WITH COUNTERFEIT NOTE

There are umpteen stories every week about people being caught with counterfeit notes, and I rarely bother to publish any. But every now and then a "stupid criminal" variety appears, and this one from Davenport, IA is worth a smile. -Editor

The Scott County Sheriff's Department is reporting the arrest of a man who paid a fine partly with counterfeit money.

Authorities say 35-year-old Yancy Cochran went to the Scott County Court clerk's office on April 21. To pay the fine, Cochran used $10 and $50 bills, which a clerk checked for authenticity. It was determined one of the $50 bills was counterfeit.

The court clerk's office notified sheriff's investigators, who inspected the bill and found the original bill, bearing the same serial number, in the stack of currency. Authorities didn't say why Scott was paying a fine.

Cochran is charged with one count of forgery. After a court appearance Thursday, he was being held in lieu of $500 cash only bond in the Scott County Jail.

To read the complete article, see: Man accusing of paying fine partly with counterfeit money (www.wqad.com/news/sns-ap-ia--counterfeitcase,0,1538544.story)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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