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Police not laughing over funny money television purchase

April 23, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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George L. Montgomery

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As far as bogus bills go, these ones looked good.

At least on the front.

But if a recent victim had bothered to flip over the funny money, he may not have been taken.

“There was Chinese writing on the back,” said Penn Township police officer Alyssa Mathews.

Police arrested a Washington County man Monday for allegedly passing five counterfeit 100-dollar bills to purchase a television from an unwitting seller over the weekend.

The defendant, George L. Montgomery, 23, of Eighty Four, is in the Butler County Prison on $5,000 bail. He is charged with felony charges of forgery and misdemeanor charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

Police said the victim listed an ad on Craigslist for his 55-inch TV. The defendant apparently agreed to buy if for $500.

The two eventually met Sunday night at a restaurant/bar on Route 8 in Penn Township to conduct the transaction. The buyer gave the TV to Montgomery, who handed over the suspected fake money.

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