SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — A 21-year-old woman's attempt to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a gas station was foiled when the clerk realized it was blank on one side.
Leah R. Jarolimek, of Cedar Grove, was charged with a felony count of forgery following her failed attempt to buy chips and cigarettes, according to a complaint filed Friday in Sheboygan County Circuit Court.
Jarolimek handed her driver's license to the clerk to prove she was old enough to buy cigarettes and the bill early Wednesday morning, according to the complaint. The cashier told police the bill was placed face up on the counter but it felt suspicious when she picked it up, the complaint said.
Cashier Teresa Wells said she flipped over the bill and found it blank. Jarolimek replied she didn't know it was fake, the complaint said, and a man came into the store and said it was an accident or a joke and the bill had been recently grabbed off a printer.
But Wells said Jarolimek had to pay for the chips, which had been opened, the complaint said. And when Jarolimek went to her car to get money, Wells copied down her information from her driver's license, it said.
Jarolimek told police the bill was given to her by the brother of her on-again, off-again boyfriend, the complaint said. That man said he took the bill off a desk at his mother's house.
Jarolimek faces up to three years in prison and a fine of $10,000 if convicted
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