BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A suspect not only bought cigarettes and got cash with play money, but he also won the lottery with his ill-gotten gains.
Officers were called to the Giant Eagle on Doral Drive in Boardman Tuesday evening on reports of fraud.
After talking with employees, officers learned that a man known to the store used $100 bills of play money to buy cigarettes, get change, and then cash out a $100 fake bill for five 20s.
He then used some of the real money to buy lottery tickets at a machine in the store and won $100.
The fake bills were discovered after an employee was closing the cash register.
Police noted the fake bills were marked “The United States Play Money.”
Police were able to see a still image of the suspect and he was identified by employees.
The investigation is ongoing.