Man Trying to Spend Fake $20 Bills Busted: Cops

The suspect told Joliet police someone swindled him with the counterfeit cash, and he was trying to recover his losses by spending the phony money in a store.

A Joliet man who tried to buy an xBox game card at Walmart using counterfeit $20 bills Wednesday night was arrested for forgery, Joliet police Cmdr. Rich Demick said.

Joseph Lewis Molette told police he had received the phony cash in a swindle and was attempting to recover his losses by spending it at the 2424 W. Jefferson St. store.

The Walmart clerk, however, recognized the money as being counterfeit and notified store security, who held Molette until police took him into custody, Demick said.

Molette, 22, of 413 State St., told officers after his arrest that he'd been given the counterfeit cash by a man he met in the parking lot of the Grapevine Bar & Grill, 2314 Plainfield Road, Crest Hill, Demick said. Molette agreed to give the man eight $10 bills in exchange for four $20 bills, only to learn later from a bartender that he had been duped, Demick said.

Molette is being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $35,000 bond. According to jail records, which are incomplete, he's been arrested several times since 2011 on charges that include driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of 30 to 500 grams of cannabis and reckless driving.



3ds4lifealways February 02, 2013 at 05:45 AM
Rite...Judges gettin away wit petty crimes...y we can't??? I got 8 ten dollar bills rite now Hawkguy..
John Roberts February 02, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Nope auto correct on an iPad..but people on here talking crap about people's spelling never think about the auto correct...it has to be explained? Really?
John Roberts February 02, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Lmao..so a judge looking at pin just has so much to do with a guy using counterfeit money?...Counterfieting was one of Thee laws that was enforced even in George Washington days..along with weights and measurements...everyone knows not to purposely use counterfeit money..it's not like drugs....This kind of action takes away from the value of our dollar..just like "mint coin" makers being sued for printing U.S. prints and dropping the value of the dollar WORLD WIDE...again educate your self..your looking like an idiot..Want to keep spending more and more money on simple stuff...3 things mess with our monetary system..( our Bling Bling system) for you to better understand....1 other countries dropping the dollar because of sanctions,Rissia,China, all bought Iol from IRAN using gold not the dollar..because sanctions said no U.S. money for Oil in IRAN.we tried to stop people from buying oil from IRAN, 2 Printing of Counterfeit money...3 Corruption,to make a piece of paper worth more than gold...This is false money,false royalties...and something as simple as counterfeit money makes our dollar less valuable...when suppliers have to use more U.S. money than usuall guess who pays for that everytime we go to the store and buy food,clothes...things go from costing a couple of thousand dollars to buy to $50,000 and that's put on all of us....Education my friend don't know everything but know a little bit about a lot.
Outlaw February 02, 2013 at 06:20 PM
A judge looking at pin? Wtf. Hey editor ban John Roberts for all the spelling mistakes. He writes and thinks like a 15 year old girl. He mad cause he got under a year to live and he has bad skin. Your comments are like your life story. Cancer. And the editor should ban u like Clutche. But he is hawkguy now
Sunshine66 February 04, 2013 at 01:44 PM
He probably won't get time. First offense what y'all think..


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