North Vernon man accused of using fake $20 bills to buy food

A North Vernon man was arrested after being accused of using a fake $20 bill to purchase food at a Columbus fast-food restaurant.

Columbus police were sent to the McDonald’s, 2205 Jonathan Moore Pike, about fake currency being used at 12:15 a.m. Monday where employees said the fake bill was used at the drive-thru and the individual drove away before receiving any food, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers found the driver, Micah F. Rogers, 24, North Vernon, a short time later at a nearby gas station, Harris said. When searching Rogers, officers found an envelope with 24 bills, all $20-dollar bills with the same serial number, Harris said.

Rogers is accused of using the fake money to purchase food at two gas stations in Bartholomew County.

He was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of forgery and theft.

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