Arrest over counterfeit money sparks tips on how to tell the difference (video)

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TEXAS– A man is Houston is currently facing a forgery charge for using counterfeit money.

Syed Ali bought a meal at a Taco Bell drive-thru with a $10 bill, change he claims he got from his dad after a purchase earlier in the day at a Home Depot.

Now that bill is evidence in the case against him after the employee at the fast food joint told him it was a fake.

When Ali kept insisting to inspect the bill himself, Taco Bell threatened him they’d call the police. Ali asked them to do just that.

Harris County Sheriff’s deputies arrested him and booked him into the Harris County Jail for forgery. Now Ali is hoping to avoid jail time over a fake $10 bill that ended up in his wallet.

“Pretty worried that I won’t be able to get a job or anything like that, I hope it doesn’t happen,” he said.

If convicted, Ali could be sentenced from two to ten years in jail.

After the case came to light, KHOU11 News broadcast several tips from the Secret Service on how to tell the difference between conterfeit bills and the real thing:

For more on this story, watch the video below:

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