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Walmart employee charged with taking part in passing fake money

A Culpeper Walmart cashier is accused of helping launder more than $6,000 in counterfeit $100 and $50 bills at her work.

All the $100 bills had the same serial number, according to Culpeper town police spokesman Wally Bunker. Nineteen-year-old Avery King of Blue Spruce Drive has been charged with seven counts of bank-note forgery and five counts of possessing the bogus bills.

King allegedly used the counterfeit money to activate prepaid money cards that can be used to make in-store or online purchases.

Three transactions occurred on Nov. 25, three more on Nov. 26 and one on Dec. 10, Bunker said.

“We urge our merchants to carefully check the cash they receive so they do not become victims,” said town police Chief Chris Jenkins. “The holiday season can be busy for businesses, but we encourage them to be vigilant to counterfeit schemes.”

The U.S. Secret Service is assisting local authorities in finding others who may be involved in the counterfeiting scheme.

Anyone with information relating to this or any other counterfeiting case is asked to contact Detective Luke Altman at 540/829-5507 or call Crime Solvers at 540/727-0300.

–Donnie Johnston