Fake bills surface at local stores

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
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The Wise County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of incidents where counterfeit money is being used at local stores.

Wise County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Craig Johnson said they’ve received four reports of counterfeit bills being passed in the last couple of weeks. Three of those reports came from Chico and one came from Alvord.

“It’s mainly low denominations, but one $50 was passed,” Johnson said.

On Nov. 26, a counterfeit bill was passed at the Alvord Dollar General. The complainant in the case recognized the person and provided his identity to the sheriff’s office. Jason Michael Hubbard of Alvord was arrested the same day on a felony charge of forgery government/national institution/money/security. He posted $15,000 bond and was released Nov. 29, according to Wise County jail records.

That same day, Nov. 29, the sheriff’s office received a report that three counterfeit bills were accepted from an unknown customer at the Allsups in Chico. The deputy took possession of the three bills as evidence.

Also Nov. 29, the sheriff’s office received a call from the Dollar General store in Chico. The complainant said a white male had attempted to purchase items with two counterfeit $20 bills. The caller stated that another white male had attempted to purchase items with a counterfeit $50 bill Nov. 23.

Investigators obtained video footage in an attempt to identify the person or people responsible.

Johnson said another counterfeit bill was passed at the Subway nearby in Chico on an unspecified date.

He said it is unknown if Hubbard is connected to the counterfeit bills in the Chico area.

The investigation into the Chico incidents are ongoing, and more arrests could take place, Johnson said.

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