MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – Two North Arkansas men have been arrested in separate counterfeit money investigations.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) says the first arrest followed an incident Friday evening (March 9) at the Junction Liquor Store in Big Flat. That’s where a man was reported to have tried to use a $20 bill with “copy” stamped on the back of it, to pay for a bottle of liquor.
When the clerk refused to accept the bill, the man left the store. The incident was recorded on the security video system, and the man was later identified as Gregory Wiley, 29, of Berryville. A BCSO news release issued on Monday says he got into a silver passenger car and drove from the parking lot heading into Searcy County.
Soon after, the Marshall Police Department (Searcy County) found Wiley to be the passenger inside another vehicle they had taken a separate complaint on where juveniles tried to pass another counterfeit $20 bill at a local business. Wiley was taken into custody in Searcy County and later transferred to the Baxter County Detention Center and booked on a felony charge of Forgery. He remained jailed on $5,000 bond Monday morning with an appearance in Circuit Court set for March 15.
The second incident in Baxter County happened early Saturday morning (March 10) at the Royal 66 Club near Mountain Home. Shortly after midnight, the owner reported he had received a counterfeit $100 bill that a customer tried to pass at the bar. The phony bill had the words “for motion picture use only” on the front. The customer was still at the bar and was pointed out to a sheriff’s deputy. He was identified as Garson Dodge, 22, of rural Mountain Home.
When the deputy spoke to Dodge, he reportedly admitted knowing that the $100 bill was fake. He was taken to the Detention Center and booked on one felony charge of Forgery. He was released after posting $5,000 bond and will appear in Circuit Court on March 15.