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Serial Counterfeiter Strikes Again, Police Say

Serial Counterfeiter Strikes Again, Police Say Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Jail

Apr 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A serial counterfeiter is suspected of passing a fake $100 bill at a Subway restaurant.

Court files show 53-year-old James Earl Meyer paid for an $8 sandwich at the Becker Subway with a counterfeit $100 bill on March 15th around 9 p.m.

He was seen on surveillance video paying for the sandwich, getting his change, and walking to the nearby Becker Inn and Suites.

When police got their hands on the bill's they could see the color was off and the texture of the bill didn't feel right.

The owner of the hotel said Meyer had been staying in a room, but was kicked out because he was causing problems with other guests.

When interviewed by police Meyer admitted to buying the sandwich, but said he didn't know the bill was fake.

On February 20th police say, Meyer allegedly used two fake $100 bills to buy a laptop computer from a student in Albany and used a fake bill at the Casey's gas station in Avon.

Court records show, after Meyer was kicked out of a St. Cloud motel for smoking, photo copies of $20 bills and other items related to counterfeiting were found in the room in February.

Meyer is also accused of trying to use a fake $100 bill at the Hardware Hank in Rice and the Pine's Edge Grocery store in Rice on March 7th.

The clerks wouldn’t accept the bill and called police. While he was being pulled over police say he threw something out the window.

Investigators went back to the spot where Meyer threw the object and found tissue paper wrapped around several counterfeit $100 bills.

The serial number from the fake bills matched the bill passed in Becker.

He was out on bond on the other counterfeit charges when he was accused of spending the fake money at Subway.

He is facing counterfeit charges in Stearns, Benton and Sherburne County.

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