Police investigating whether cashier conspired in counterfeit money exchange

Middletown police were called Friday night to Lee’s Famous Recipe, 604 S. Breiel Blvd., after a manager found two $100 counterfeit bills in the register.

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The manager reviewed surveillance footage and noticed the cashier using her cellphone to text someone several times and then counting the $20 bills in the register, according to a police report.

A customer in the drive-through ordered a sandwich and a drink and his bill was $4.72. He handed the cashier two $100 bills that were folded in half. The employee didn’t test the $100 bills to see if they were counterfeit as is company policy, according to police.

She placed the bills in the register, then gave the man $195.28 in change. When the transaction was complete, the two shook hands, according to the report.

Police were given the counterfeit bills and the video footage

No charges have been filed and the investigation is continuing, police said.

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