January 6, 2014

Dogs bought with funny money

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Recent changes to U.S. currency features multiple colors and special coded bills of various denominations to help ward off potential counterfeiters.

But with the “old money” still floating around, counterfeit bills are still a problem and consumers should be warned.

Such was the case on Monday night when a man discovered he had been paid in fake bills. The exchange of money occurred after a man bought three Rottweiler dogs. The transaction to meet for the sale was made over the Internet.

The two men agreed for the exchange of money for the dogs to be made at a business parking lot in southern Laurel County. All plans went like clockwork, with the two men meeting around 11:30 p.m. But the seller soon learned the $2,100 he had been paid was in counterfeit bills.

Now police are seeking information concerning the “funny money” and the man who used it to purchase the dogs.

The man is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and driving an older model Jeep Grand Cherokee. The bills used were some $50 bills, all with the same serial number: JD22562500A and JD44089303A. Duplicate serial numbers on the $20 bills included JD93627916C and JD31750773D.

The incident is being investigated by Laurel County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brett  Reeves and is being pursued as a first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument charge, which is a Class C felony offense.

Anyone with any information about the man involved in passing the counterfeit money is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at (606) 864-6600 or Laurel Dispatch at (606) 878-7000. Callers can remain anonymous.

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