PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla., June 19 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they arrested a man accused of trying to use a counterfeit $50 bill while standing near a uniformed sheriff's deputy.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office said a deputy saw Ryan Signore, 25, attempt to use the poor-quality fake to buy iced tea and cigarettes at the Rainbow Food Market in Port Charlotte around 7:10 a.m.
The clerk refused to accept the fake bill and the deputy asked Signore if he had any other $50 bills. The suspect led the deputy to his car, where two more alleged counterfeit bills were located.
Signore, who allegedly also tried unsuccessfully to pass off one of the fake bills at a gas station earlier, was arrested on a charge of uttering forged bills. He was taken to the Charlotte County Jail and released after posting $2,500 bond.