LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 33-year-old Zavalla man Wednesday in connection to allegations that he tried to pass a fake $100 bill at the McDonald's located at 1100 South Timberland Drive.
According to the Lufkin Police Department's daily activity report, the fake bill was "motion picture" money.
Levi Lyndell Duncan was booked into the Angelina County Jail Wednesday on a state-jail felony forgery of a government, national instrument, money, or security. He was released from the jail Thursday on a personal recognizance bond.
The LPD daily activity report stated that Duncan allegedly tried to pass the bogus $100 bill in the McDonald's drive-through at about 1:07 p.m. Wednesday.
According to a previous East Texas News story, numerous Lufkin businesses were hit by people trying to pass off fake money marked "For Motion Picture Use Only" as the real thing in the summer of 2016, and the bogus bills have popped up numerous times since then.
In July of 2016, the Lufkin Police Department investigated 12 cases of the fake $100 bills being used at 11 different business in town. The counterfeit money has also been used in Diboll, Jasper, and Paris as well, according to the previous East Texas News story.
In one case, a woman used a "Motion Picture Use Only" fake $100 bill to pay for a burrito that cost only $1.72 at the Taco Bell restaurant on South Timberland Drive, and she kept the change. The Taco Bell employee didn't notice the markings until the bank drop was made.
Lufkin Police Sgt. Stephen Abbott said that example shows how easy it is for people to get scammed by the bills.
"Until you actually open it up and see that is says for motion picture use only, it looks real," Abbott said.