Fairmont man arrested for counterfeiting

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A Fairmont man was arrested on Sunday after police said he used counterfeit bills at multiple businesses in Marion County.

According to the Fairmont Police Department, officers were dispatched to the West Side Market on Locust Avenue in reference to a man who used a counterfeit $50 bill. 

Upon arriving on scene, officers said they spoke to a store clerk who told them that Justin Thompson, 34, of Fairmont was the man that used the counterfeit $50 bill and fled the scene. 

While officers were on scene at West Side Market, other officers with the Fairmont Police Department were out with a suspicious vehicle on Watson Avenue, according to court documents. The officers with the suspicious vehicle advised the officers at West Side Market over the radio that Thompson was in the vehicle they had stopped, and was in possession of another counterfeit $50 bill. 

Police said that after asking Thompson if he had just used a separate counterfeit $50 bill , he advised them that he had.

Thompson was arrested and charged with counterfeiting.

Officers said that upon further investigation, they found nine other counterfeit $50 bills in the Fairmont Police Department Counterfeit Case Tracking File that had the same serial number as the two bills taken from Thompson.

According to police, the first two bills were taken from West Side Market on Locust Avenue and Burger King in on Fairmont Avenue on September 23. The third bill was taken from McDonald’s on Fairmont Avenue on September 25. The next four were taken from GoMart (two bills), CVS Pharmacy and McDonald’s on Fairmont Avenue on September 26. The next bill was taken from Food Lion at Marion Square on October 1. The last bill was taken from Mobile Now on Fairmont Avenue on October 5.

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