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Cops: Man used fake $100 bill at Avon McDonald’s

Steve Lynn
Val, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” An illegal immigrant who has been deported from the country twice used two fake $100 bills at Wal-Mart and was arrested Monday, Avon Police Officer Dave Wineman said.

Javier Barraza Garcia, 30, of Mexico, used two counterfeit $100 bills, one at McDonald’s and one to buy a $6 pair of gloves shortly before noon, Wineman said.

Surveillance video showed Garcia bought something at McDonald’s with the bill.

Shortly after, a cashier at Wal-Mart noticed the bill Garcia used to buy the gloves was fake, Wineman said.

“It was a pretty good catch on her part,” Wineman said.

Wal-Mart security held Garcia until police arrived, Wineman said.

Garcia also was carrying fake social security and resident alien cards and lied to police about his birth date several times, Wineman said.

Garcia was arrested on suspicion of four counts of possession of a forged instrument, and criminal impersonation, all felonies, Wineman said.

Garcia is being held in Eagle County jail and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been told of his arrest so that he can be deported after he is prosecuted, Wineman said.

Garcia has been deported from the United States at least twice in the past decade, Wineman said.

A third fake $100 bill similar to the ones Garcia used also was found in a Wal-Mart cash register, but police think another person might have used that bill, Wineman said.

Like Garcia, people who use counterfeit $100 bills often make small purchases to get real cash as change, Wineman said.

People should call police if they think a bill is fake, he said.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.


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