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RIVERDALE, Utah (AP) -- Though many people haven't even seen the new $20 bills yet, two men have been arrested in an alleged scheme to counterfeit the new notes.
The men were charged Thursday with possessing forgery-writing equipment. Federal charges may be filed. Dennis Lane, 45, and Randy Goodman, 50, were arrested Tuesday after trying to get a room at the Red Roof Inn on Monday with allegedly counterfeit money. The clerk refused the bills and the men paid with legitimate money.
Riverdale police Lt. Paige Ansley said officers were called, but police were unable to find the men. However, during a check Tuesday afternoon, officer Rich Klawson saw one of the men checking out and asked if anyone was in the room. He said no.
Calling for back up, officers went to the room, where the door was ajar, and saw one of the men copying the new bills. A bill was still on an image scanner and its likeness on the computer screen, Ansley said.
Counterfeit bills with the same serial number as the bill on the scanner have turned up in Riverdale, Ogden and South Ogden.
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