LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - Investigators with the Lufkin Police Department are looking into a possible counterfeiting after a 29-year-old man allegedly tried to use a fake $20 bill to pay at the South Timberland Drive McDonalds Tuesday night, and he was arrested.
Brenton Lee Tarver, 39, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony forgery charge and a misdemeanor traffic charge. Although a $500 bail amount has been set for the misdemeanor charge, no bail amount has been set for the forgery charge.
According to a press release, LPD officers arrested Tarver after a manager at the South Timberland Drive McDonalds called 911 to report that a man in a white Ford pickup paid with a fake $20 bill.
"Employees stalled Tarver until officers arrived on the scene," the press release stated.
After Tarver told the officers that he didn't know the money was fake, he said that a friend had given him two $20 bills for helping her move earlier that day, the press release stated. Tarver also allegedly said that he used another of the bills at the Polk's Pick-It-Up on North Timberland Drive and the clerk "saw no issue with it."
"The McDonald's manager told officers he had already received two fake $20 bills earlier in the night from a man in a dark-colored SUV, so he advised his employees to be careful about the cash payments they took," the press release stated.
Tarver was arrested at the scene on the forgery charge and an outstanding misdemeanor traffic warrant. After officers questioned his passenger, the individual was released.
No additional counterfeit money was found inside Tarver's truck, which was towed from the scene.
"The serial number on the bill Tarver gave as payment matched the number on a fake $20 bill South Timberland Drive Taco Bell employees took as payment earlier Tuesday," the press release stated. "The officer warned a store manager of several incidents this week of a man in a black Dodge Durango paying with counterfeit bills."
At that point, the manager told the LPD officer that she had a vehicle matching that description come though her drive-through in the past few days with a man who attempted to pay with a $100 bill, the press release stated. After the machine at Taco Bell wouldn't take the bill, the man allegedly paid with another bill.
Later Tuesday, deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested David Antley, 33, of Diboll, on warrants for theft and forgery of a financial instrument of elderly, the press release stated. When officers arrested Antley, he allegedly had bills in his possession that matched those taken from McDonalds and Taco Bell.
"Officers responded to three local businesses Saturday in reference to fake $20 bills - one unsuccessful attempt at Walmart involving a man in a black Dodge Durango, a successful attempt at Sonic involving a suspect of the same description and a third at the South Timberland Drive Taco Bell in which the employee did not know who passed the bill," the press release stated.