Hilton man arrested for passing ‘movie money’ as real currency

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A Hilton man has been arrested after the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says he attempted to pass “movie money” as real currency.

Police say that over the past few weeks, they’ve responded to five reports of counterfeit $100 or $20 bills being passed. In each case, the bill was marked with “FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY.”

In one of these incidents, a pizza delivery person was paid with a fake $100 bill, but became suspicious and called 911.

As a result of the investigation, Tyler C. Ragin, 20, of Hilton was arrested and charged with possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny.

Ragin was remanded to the Monroe County Jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,500 bond. He has since been released.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says this “movie money” is easily obtainable from the internet for use as a prop or gag gift. They ask the public to be aware of these bills, and to call 911 if they see any being passes as real money.

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