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3 arrested in Va. for passing 'motion-picture-use-only' counterfeit $100 bills

3 arrested in Va. for passing 'motion-picture-use-only' counterfeit $100 bills. (Albemarle County Police Department)

A 19-year-old man and two juveniles have been arrested in Albemarle County and charged with paying for merchandise with counterfeit money marked as “FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY,” police say.

Yahmil Deyshon Payne, 19, and the two juveniles were arrested after police received reports of people receiving the “motion-picture-use-only” counterfeit money to pay for electronic equipment advertised on letgo, an app for users to buy and sell items in their local areas, according to a news release from the Albemarle County Police Department.

Local businesses also reported the suspects using the counterfeit money to pay for merchandise.

Police released photos of the counterfeit money, including fake $100 bills with a poor representation of Benjamin Franklin and the words in large all-caps “FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY,” with additional warnings under that in smaller letters, “This note is not legal. It is to be used for motion pictures.” The $100 bills in police photos also carry identical serial numbers.

After a month-long investigation by the Albemarle County Police Department, Payne was arrested on April 8. He’s being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail without bond.

According to the release, Payne was charged with “uttering a false bank note (felony), obtaining money by false pretense (felony) and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (misdemeanor).” Police say the two juveniles face similar felony charges.

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