An attempt to pass counterfeit currency in Tomah was thwarted Sunday, according to the Tomah Police Department. Police arrested three people for allegedly trying to pass a pair of counterfeit $20 bills at Kwik Trip North.

According to the report, police were dispatched to Kwik Trip North, where a clerk declined to accept the two bills from Valdinia Frazier Jablonski, 30, Irmo, South Carolina, as he was attempting to prepay for gas. The clerk kept the two bills, and a police officer who arrived at the scene noticed the two bills had the same serial number, lacked a security strip and didn’t have a watermark of Andrew Jackson. The report says the paper was thicker than normal and didn’t feel like official currency.

Jablonski’s vehicle was still at the gas pump with passengers Karen Nachelle Moody, 28,; and Kierra Diamonnique Young, 21, both of Columbia, South Carolina, when police arrived. Jablonski said he got the two bills when someone sold him a Playstation for $220. He told police he was still at the pump because he was searching the vehicle for money after the two bills had been rejected.

A search of the vehicle reportedly found computer equipment − including a printer and paper that was consistent with the two $20 bills − that police believe was used in manufacturing counterfeit money.

A search of Jablonski’s luggage allegedly found a plastic baggie with six marijuana roaches.

Jablonski, Moody and Young were referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for forgery. Jablonski was also referred for the possession of marijuana.

Moody, who allegedly gave a false identity to police, was also referred for obstructing an officer.

The $20 bills were sent to the U.S. Secret Service, which has jurisdiction over counterfeit currency cases.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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