Counterfeit money on school campus

Published: May. 20, 2011 at 1:57 AM EDT|Updated: May. 20, 2011 at 3:00 AM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Two Thomas Dale High School students are facing felony charges after police say one of them tired to use homemade counterfeit money to buy food.

Police say a 17-year-old male student was charged with making the fake cash and bring it to school and a 16-year-old female student was charged with trying to use it.

"The 16-year-old female used the counterfeit money to make a purchase; some snacks in the lunch line in the cafeteria of the school," said Lt. David Fuller of Chesterfield Police Department.

Police say it was a cashier at Thomas Dale High School who reported the counterfeit money to authorities.

The counterfeit money has been collected into evidence and police at this time can't show us what they look like or even give us a description of it, but they tell us this is a very serious matter that is not to be taken lightly.

Police say although the extent of this crime wasn't severe:

"There is no indication that there's a major counterfeiting ring going on here. I think it's just high school students being high school students," said Fuller.

There is a lesson to be learned here.

"Counterfeit money can be investigated federally by the secret service, that's they're bailiwick on major counterfeiting operations so the case could go federal," Fuller said.

Police say the students were cooperative in the investigation and were released to their parents.

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