Fake $20 bills used at Prescott-area businesses

PRESCOTT - Four forged $20 bills were used at a Prescott Walmart, and then three ended up being handed back as change and spent by two people at an AM/PM convenience store, a police report said.

Police aren't sure who paid the Walmart with the counterfeit bills, the report said, but a manager told them she believes the suspect is a shoplifter the store knows but hasn't caught, and supplied them with a photo.

On Tuesday, the store handed three of the fake $20 bills out as change to a person who paid with a $100 bill, the report said. Police found out when the clerk of the AM/PM on Walker Road called them to report he'd received forged bills. After running a counterfeit detection marking pen over them, the clerk advised the customers that the bills weren't real, and they said the bills came from the Walmart.

While an officer was at the Walmart, a cashier said that she had just accepted a fake bill which turned out to have the same serial number as two of the others, the report said.

Prescott police confiscated the counterfeit bills and contacted the U.S. Secret Service.