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Batesville man accused of using counterfeit money to pay bill

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Clyde Daniel Smith (Source: Independence County Jail) Clyde Daniel Smith (Source: Independence County Jail)

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – An Independence County man has bonded out after court documents state he tried using fake money to pay part of his bill.

A warrant from the Independence County Circuit Court states Clyde Daniel Smith of Batesville tried to pass off the phony bills on March 15 while paying for the installment of a security system by Suddenlink Communications.

A technician told an Independence County Sheriff's deputy Smith paid the $261 installation bill in cash and that Smith went to his truck to retrieve part of the payment. The $120 part of the payment turned out to be fake, according to the officer.

A receptionist at Suddenlink noticed the bills felt "funny" and she used a counterfeit pen to test the money. It was determined that six $20 bills were counterfeit based also on the lack of a fiber security strip, color shifting ink and that two of the bills contained the same serial number.

Smith has been charged with one count of first degree forgery. He is currently out on a $15,000 bond.

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