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Arrests made after counterfeit money shows up at several businesses

Two men face charges after police say they passed fake bills at several businesses.

Danville Police arrested 24-year-old Eric Adkins and 27-year-old Jorge Ascencio, Jr. Both men are from Junction City.

Police say surveillance video caught the two men passing fake bills.

Police say a clerk at the Best Western flagged down an officer after giving a man change for a $50 bill.

The clerk thought the money appeared fake.

The officer caught a glimpse of the man's car as it was leaving the hotel. Another officer later saw the car at a nearby Taco Bell.

That's where Adkins and Ascencio were arrested.

Police say the two men also passed fake money at a McDonald's, a Huddle House, and the Bluegrass Truck Stop.

Police say it's possible there are other businesses that received the fake money too.

Adkins and Ascencio are charged with four counts of theft by deception, and 31 counts of possession of a forged instrument.

Police say both men had fake money on them when they were arrested.

"The serial numbers were the same, there were no obvious water marks on the bills," Danville Assistant Police Chief Tony Gray said. "That's a big sign of counterfeit money."

Danville Police are continuing their investigation into where the money came from.

They have contacted the Secret Service about the investigation. If the Secret Service picks up the case, the two men could face federal counterfeiting charges.

Adkins and Ascencio are being lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center.

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