3 arrested in separate funny money cases

3 arrested in separate funny money cases

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A local man and a pair from out of town were arrested on forgery charges in two separate cases.

On July 6, the Paragould Police Department investigated Derek Clifton, 28, of Paragould who is accused of trying to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at Dodge's Store, 601 W. Kingshighway.

Clifton, according to court documents, told investigators he "accidentally washed" the bill and was attempting to get change for it.

Employees identified the phony bill and called the police.

Clifton had left the scene before officers arrived, but he was eventually arrested for felony forgery. His bond was set at $15,000.

In a separate investigation on July 9, two people were also arrested.

Paragould officers responded to Walgreens, 1500 W. Kingshighway, in reference to a counterfeit $100 bill that was passed.

Court documents state during the investigation it was discovered that 23-year-old Jaquan Hancock of Meridian, MS and 20-year-old Makayla Jones of Memphis, TN attempted to pass the same counterfeit $100 bills at several other businesses in Paragould, including Burger King, Arby's, and Hays Supermarket.

Both Walgreens and Hays had video "where the money was passed and receipts of the items were bought," according to court affidavits.

Hancock and Jones were located at a gas station in Brookland by an Arkansas State Police trooper. Police found merchandise from Walgreens and Hays along with a $100 bill with the same number as the counterfeit bills.

In addition, a small Red Bull container was found which had inside a green leafy-like substance consistent with marijuana.

The pair faces forgery and theft of property charges. Hancock faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Both were each given $10,000 cash-only bonds.

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