Counterfeit Bills Being Passed in El Dorado County Businesses
● By Steven Jack
Marcus Rodriguez is suspected of attempting to pass a fake $100 bill at a restaurant in Placerville, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. (Images courtesy of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office and Flickr Creative Commons)
One arrest was made May 8 after a West Sacramento man tried to use a fake $100 bill at Round Table Pizza on Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. The man, Marcus Rodriguez, 30, was taken into custody and is suspected of similar activity in Washoe County, Nevada, the sheriff's office said.
Since early April there have been a total of six other reported cases of counterfeit money in El Dorado County. The following is a list of those incidents:
April 7 A Hispanic man attempted to make a purchase at the Safeway off Missouri Flat Road in Placerville using a fake $100 bill. The male was described as being in his late 20s, wearing a dark blue sweater and black pants.
April 28 A Hispanic male used a $100 counterfeit bill at the Sizzler Restaurant in Cameron Park. The man was described as in his late 20s, 6 feet tall, with a heavy build. He appeared to be the same suspect that used a phony $100 bill the week prior at the same restaurant.
May 9 Someone used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase clothing at Snowline Hospice in Cameron Park. The suspects were a male and female who were shopping together. The male was described as a Hispanic Male Adult, 25 years old, 6-feet 1-inch tall, weighing about 200 pounds. The female was described as a Hispanic Adult, 25 years old, about 5-feet 4-inches” tall, weighing about 125 pounds.
May 12 A Hispanic man attempted to pass a $20 bill at the 76 gas station on South Shingle Road. The suspect was driving an older blue Nissan truck with a lumber rack. The male was described as being in his mid-20s, 5-feet 5-inches tall, about 130 pounds, wearing a black hat, a black t-shirt and jeans.
May 15 A counterfeit $100 bill was located by Revenue and Recovery in Shingle Springs. The business received the fake bill through a customer transaction. The customer reportedly got it from Walmart in Folsom when cashing a Social Security check.
May 17 Safeway in Pollock Pines reported receiving a counterfeit $20 bill. The bill was located in one of their cash registers.
"These cases may or may not be related however an increase in the use of counterfeit money has noticeably increased in El Dorado County," the sheriff's office said via a news release. "Businesses are encouraged to check all cash received to ensure it is genuine before completing a transaction. If any suspicious currency is received, please keep the bill and call 911. If the person leaves, make note of the person(s) description, what they are driving."