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Fake $100s surface in Aspen

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado – A California man was arrested Monday in downtown Aspen for allegedly passing a counterfeit $100 bill.

Andrew Allan McCollom, 33, of Escondido, remained in the Pitkin County jail early Tuesday afternoon on a $10,000 bond. He was arrested for forgery, a class 5 felony; and class 2 misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument – in this case, a counterfeit $100 bill, and theft, according to Aspen police.

Local coffee shop Parallel 15 notified police that a counterfeit bill had been spent there; the suspect was subsequently spotted getting into a vehicle and apprehended.

Other establishments on Monday also reported either attempts by an individual to pass a fake bill or that they had received a counterfeit bill, according to police, and more reports surfaced Tuesday.

McCollom was advised in court on Tuesday morning, when the judge raised his bond from $3,500 to $10,000.

According to police, the U.S. Secret Service verified that the serial number on the bill was fraudulent and indicated bills with the same number have turned up frequently in San Diego County, Calif.

Aspen police believe other fake bills may be circulating – all bearing the serial number B15875403D. Anyone who believes they have had contact with McCollom or have taken a counterfeit bill is asked to contact the department at 920-5400.


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