Man pays parking ticket with counterfeit cash - WNEM TV 5

Man pays parking ticket with counterfeit cash

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A Bay City man received quite a surprise when he tried to pay a parking ticket in January with money he borrowed from a friend.

Bay County Court facility staff noticed something different about the bills the man was using to pay for the ticket.

It turns out the money was counterfeit.

The man, 21-year-old Adam Jones, says he had no idea the money was not real currency. He says his friend gave him two $10 bills in exchange for a $20 bill.

Police then had Jones call his friend, who is identified as 19-year-old Corey Chaperon. Chaperon allegedly told Jones that he wanted the money back and if he turned Chaperon in, he would kill him.

Chaperon maintained that he didn't know the bills were fake.

Chaperon has now been charged with two counts of uttering and publishing counterfeit bills. That crime carries a penalty of five years in prison and a $2,500 fine. He is also being charged with bribing, intimidating or interfering with a witness. That crime carries a penalty of four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

A preliminary exam is scheduled for March 31. Chaperon remains free on bond.

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