Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Counterfeit $20's Don't Fool a Young Vendor

A 19-year-old man from Westminster was arrested last Saturday evening, September 11, 2010, after being found in possession of counterfeit $20 bills. The suspect was attending the Greek Festival at the Santa Anita Race Track and used the counterfeit bills to make small purchases from a festival booth. An alert 12-year-old in the booth thought that the bills were counterfeit and told one of the accompanying adults working at the booth. Track security was alerted and detained the suspect, still at the festival. Officers found 17 counterfeit bills in the possession of the suspect and a number of counterfeit bills were also recovered from vendors who had not yet discovered the fake currency. Joel Apodaca was arrested and booked at the Arcadia City Jail. At the time of his arrest, Apodaca was also in possession of over $100 in legitimate currency which is believed to have been given to him in change during the transactions.

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