Crime

Kennewick police nab alleged counterfeiter

Police arrested a Kansas man suspected of using counterfeit money at several Kennewick businesses.

Eric N. Presson, 19, was allegedly caught Monday in an Office Depot store with counterfeit money after employees called 911 to report a suspicious person, according to police.

Presson was carrying a suitcase, which investigators searched and found evidence related to the case, police said.

Presson apparently used fake $20 bills with identical serial numbers to buy items from at least five businesses, police said. Police were able to get a description of Presson on Monday after a business was given fake money.

Police believe the counterfeit money was used at other businesses over the last several days.

Kennewick police will work with the U.S. Secret Service to determine if Presson is involved in other counterfeit cases around the country.

Anyone who may have been given counterfeit money recently is asked to contact Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 509-586-TIPS or 800-222-TIPS.

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