Three arrested for phony money in Charlotte County
FOX 4 Staff
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County deputies arrested three people from Florida's east coast for trying to use counterfeit money at various locations in Port Charlotte and Englewood.
Deputies got the initial call Sunday afternoon at My Mechanic after four people tried to use counterfeit $20 and $10 to pay for tires for their car. When an employee spotted the funny money they paid the bill with real currency and left the area.
Two hours later deputies went to some local businesses at Peachland and Veterans Boulevard where people were trying to pass counterfeit bills.
Deputies found 25-year-old Byron Harris of West Palm Beach driving with a suspended license.During the traffic stop two employees from a nearby Subway told deputies that two women in the car had just passed counterfeit money at the business.
Harris was arrested along with 18-year-old Rosa Marie Purifory of West Palm Beach and 19-year-old Lauren Taylor Hill of Green Acres. All face charges of possessing a counterfeited payment instrument. Hill and Purifory are also charged with uttering a forged instrument.
A fourth person in the vehicle required medical treatment and was taken to a local hospital.