Federal agents investigate counterfeit money at Carowinds

adouglas@heraldonline.comJuly 17, 2014 

Federal authorities are investigating this week the use of eight fake $100 bills at the Carowinds amusement park.

Police say three men were at the park last weekend and unlawfully used fake money at game stations. The men are suspected of passing eight counterfeit $100 bills by asking Carowinds employees for change for the fake money.

One of the suspects is a Carowinds employee from Charlotte and another suspect is from Atlanta, according to a York County Sheriff's Office police report. Authorities haven't charged the employee in relation to the counterfeit bills because federal agents have determined he wasn't involved in manufacturing the fake money or unlawfully using it at the park.

The U.S. Secret Service interviewed the employee and took statements from Carowinds staff members who were asked to make change for the $100 bills.

The sheriff's office has recovered the counterfeit money and placed it into evidence, the report states. Agents with the Secret Service will continue to investigate.

Authorities say the three men spent up to 2.5 hours in the park last Saturday and they are seen on video surveillance recordings entering and exiting Carowinds.

Anna Douglas 803-329-4068

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