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Police: Monessen man tried to use fake $100 bill to pay court fees at county courthouse

November 20, 2018

A Monessen man allegedly tried to pay his court fines with a counterfeit $100 bill, according to Westmoreland County detectives.

James R. Floyd, 50, handed the counterfeit cash to an employee at the county clerk of court’s office on Oct. 19, police said. The fraudulent bill had a fake security ribbon and Chinese lettering in red on the front and back, according to a criminal complaint.

Floyd was making a $25 payment on assessment costs and expected to receive change, but the clerk realized the money was fake, police said.

Floyd offered to make a payment with real currency. Court records show a $25 payment was credited to his case Oct. 19 after being more than 616 days overdue with payments. He owes $540.

Floyd is charged with forgery and theft. He did not have an attorney listed in online court records. The charges will be sent by summons.

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