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Wad of Counterfeits Used at CVS Pharmacy


CounterfeitAuthorities need your help to identify a suspect who used 27 counterfeit bills at the CVS Pharmacy in Martinez.

A manager said the man first came into the store last Monday and used a counterfeit $20 bill to buy a drink. Once the cashier accepted the bill, the same man then purchased two Netspend prepaid cards, one for $303.95 and the other for $205.95.

It was only later that the manager was counting the cash and noticed that two $20 bills felt different. She checked it with the counterfeit pen and it showed they were counterfeit. She checked another register and found another bill and then eventually came across 24 more counterfeit bills.

It’s unclear why the cashier who took the suspect’s money didn’t use the counterfeit pen to check the bills.

If you know who this suspect is, please call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 706-541-2800.


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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


  1. Counterfeit money is a huge problem right now. I do not trust the pen either. ALL businesses need to have one of the devices that allows you to look inside the bill for proper watermarks. Fives, tens, twenties, fifties, and hundreds have watermarks with certain colors in them. Some of these devices also have a magnetic strip to check the magnetic parts of the bill for authenticity. All stores need to train clerks on how to authenticate money and what to look for. Policies should be put in place to help stop this type of thing. If I have to pay with real money so does everybody else.

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