Man faces forgery charge

North Vernon resident paid with fake bill

A North Vernon man was arrested after being accused of using a fake $20 bill in an attempt 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. Store employees said the counterfeit bill was used at the drive-thru and the customer 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 of them $20 denominations 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.

He was being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48-hour hold, Harris said.

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