Man arrested for attempting to pay courthouse fine with counterfeit bills

John Jernigan was charged with 13 counts of uttering a counterfeit bill.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   May 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

BAY COUNTY , Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- A Florida man ended up behind bars after he attempted to pay a fine at the Bay County Courthouse using fake bills.

John Jernigan was arrested and charged with 13 counts of uttering a counterfeit bill after he allegedly tried to pay a $400 trespassing fine with a collection of bills that had the same serial number.

A courthouse clerk noticed that the $20 bills looked funny and alerted a deputy.

When he was confronted, Jernigan at first claimed that he got the phony cash as pay from his employer, but later told police that he didn't know where he had received the fake funds.

At the time of his arrest, Jernigan had 26 counterfeit bills with him.

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