A former Belleville man has been arrested and charged with passing counterfeit bills at St. Clair Square stores.
Corey B. Wilson, 29, of Chicago, was charged Friday with three counts of forgery and delivery of forged documents. According to Fairview Heights Police, each count is a felony and Wilson was being held Saturday on $50,000 bail at St. Clair County Jail.
Fairview Heights Police spokesman Tim Mueller said mall security called Fairview Heights after getting reports of suspicious activity. One store in the mall, Hot Topics, declined a $100 bill from a man shopping with a woman.
Mueller said police found receipts and other evidence that eight counterfeit $100 bills were used to make small purchases at stores including Auntie Anne’s inside the mall and Chipotle near the mall. The suspect then received change in legitimate currency. Mueller said police found no other evidence of the suspect having passed additional fake currency.
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The $100 bills were actually $5 bills, which show a watermark designating the worth of $5. The bills were washed and reprinted to mimic $100, and each had the same serial number.
Fairview Heights officers recovered all eight counterfeit bills. The woman with Wilson was not charged.
Wilson is on parole and has active warrants through Macoupin and Randolph counties. Mueller said Wilson was last arrested in February in Kankakee and charged with forgery in a similar case.