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‘Funny money’

LEWISTON WOODVILLE – The Bertie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the passing of a counterfeit bill.

Bertie County Sheriff John Holley confirmed Friday that his officers were called to the Aramark Cafeteria at Perdue in Lewiston Woodville.

“We received a call from the cafeteria at Perdue that someone had tried to purchase food with a counterfeit bill,” Holley said. “A deputy went to the cafeteria to take statements and collect the bill. It has been turned over to Detective Ed Pittman for investigation.”

According to the report, a Perdue associate asked a cafeteria worker what would happen if an ATM gave him a counterfeit bill. He returned later and tried to purchase food with a $20 bill.

The clerk said the bill did not pass her test and she knew it was counterfeit and asked for another bill, according to the report. The manager of the cafeteria, however, asked her to retrieve the original bill from the person who had presented it, which she did.

The sheriff’s office was then contacted and began the investigation.

Holley said no arrests have been made in the case and the investigation continues.