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Kimberly Houk ReportingThis is a story about counterfeiting, but the person found passing bad cash in this case will not fit your picture of a criminal. He's six years old!
The first grader showed up to school with a pocket full of money. He soon learned something was wrong with the money when he couldn't get a vending machine to take it. That's when, police say, he asked a teacher for help.
And it was the teacher who knew exactly why the machine wouldn't take the kid's money. Police say the money was fake, and now they're trying to figure out where the boy got it.
Officer: "At this time, we don't know if it's an older kid or somebody who has given him this fake money or if it's part of a bigger thing. But this time the child himself did not know that the money was fake, or had any criminal intent with the money that was fake or was trying to use it in an illegitimate manner."
Police have questioned the child's parents and that's about all they'll tell us at this point, except to say that they are investigating this case to see if this kid may have tipped them off to possibly a large counterfeiting ring.
And police say they have plenty of evidence since the little boy passed out several of the bills to his friends. They've collected all of them.