Three adults, one juvenile accused of using counterfeit money

Three adults and one juvenile were arrested after being accused of using counterfeit $20 bills Thursday at restaurants on Columbus’ west side.

At about 2 p.m., Columbus police were sent to one of the restaurant in the 3400 block of Jonathan Moore Pike about three counterfeit $20 bills used to purchase food.

The fake currency was used to purchase items of low value, and the change was returned to the suspects, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The suspects left the restaurant, but Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies stopped them on Interstate 65, Harris said.

Arrested on preliminary charges of counterfeiting were:

Kiara D. Ingram, 20, 5724 W. 25th St., Indianapolis

Reveonna L. Barner, 18, 5247 Leone Drive, Indianapolis

Jayla M. Keys, 20, 1361 Norfolk St., Speedway

A 16-year-old juvenile was taken to the Bartholomew County Youth Services Center on a preliminary charge of counterfeiting, Harris said.

Ingram, Barner and Keys were released from the Bartholomew County Jail after each posted $7,500 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.