Shelbyville, TN – police have apologized to Lorenzo Gaspar after arresting him for using counterfeit money at the local Quik Mart.
Gaspar was attempting to pay for his charges and handed the clerk a $50 note. The clerk ran the customary currency marker on the note which indicated a fake bill. The police were notified and Gaspar was taken away in cuffs and placed in jail while police conducted further tests on the note to determine its authenticity.
The arresting officer Brock Horner stated in the police report that the bill looked fake; it was not properly centered and did not feel like real currency. Officer Horner let the police evidence technician inspect the bill and was told that the note could be an older bill.
He was also told that older bills would not respond to the currency markers giving a false positive for being counterfeit. Officer Horner took the bill to two separate banks which confirmed the bill’s authenticity by the use of special “black” colored lighting in one case and up close inspection via magnification in another.
Gaspar was released with an apology. Perhaps it will be a case of “all’s well that ends well”. There is no word on how Gaspar came into possession of the older bill.
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