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8:01 AM Thu, Nov. 15th

Teenager from Tucson tried to spend $100 bill she says she did not know was fake

Prescott police booked a Tucson teenager into juvenile detention Tuesday on felony charges of forgery and providing false information after she tried to buy items using a counterfeit $100 bill at two stores and gave an officer a fake name.

The suspect's name and booking photo are not included in this story per Courier policy not to identify juveniles.

The bill had no security strip, and instead of a picture of Benjamin Franklin was one of Abraham Lincoln.

The 17-year-old girl told the officer when a clerk at one store said the bill was fake, she went to another store, according to the police report.

"We would ask if (store employees) believe a bill to be fake to retain the bill as evidence and call us immediately," Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

"(Store employees) can advise the person that they need to verify with police whether it is a genuine bill," Morley said. "Some people may leave then, but others will stay to talk to an officer."

The girl told the officer a man she met four days ago gave the bill to her, and she claimed she did not know it was fake, according to the police report.