2 arrests made in separate counterfeit money cases

2 arrests made in separate counterfeit money cases
Gregory Wiley (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
Grayson Dodge (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
Grayson Dodge (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Two men were arrested in two separate instances where they are suspected of trying to pass funny money.

The first incident, according to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, happened Friday evening.

An investigator went to the Junction Liquor Store in Big Flat for a complaint about a man trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. The man, later identified as 29-year-old Gregory Wiley of Berryville, reportedly tried to pay for a bottle of liquor with the $20 bill that had "copy" stamped on the back of it.

When the clerk refused the bogus bill, Montgomery states the man left the store. The incident was captured on video surveillance.

Wiley was later picked up by the Marshall Police Department in Searcy County. He was said to be a passenger in another vehicle involved in a separate complaint about juveniles who also tried to pass another counterfeit $20 bill in Marshall.

He was transferred to Baxter County where he faces a felony charge of forgery. Wiley is in the Baxter County Detention Center on $5,000 bond and is expected to be back in court on Thursday.

In a separate incident early Saturday morning, another sheriff's investigator was called to the Royal 66 Club near Mountain Home for a phony $100 bill.

The club owner said the bill had "for motion picture use only" on it and that a customer tried to pass it at the bar.

Grayson Dodge, 21, of Mountain Home was pointed out to the deputy at the club.

Dodge, according to the sheriff, later admitted to knowing the money was fake.

He too was taken to the detention center and booked for felony forgery. Dodge was released on a $5,000 bond and will appear in court on Thursday.

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