Harlingen man tried buying smokes, gasoline with counterfeit bills

Justin Grayson // Harlingen Police Department

A Harlingen man is behind bars after he allegedly tried to buy gasoline and cigarettes using counterfeit bills.

Harlingen police arrested 26-year-old Justin Grayson on forgery of a government instrument charge on Wednesday.

Investigators told Action 4 News that it happened at the Stripes store off West Harrison Avenue and North F Street around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

An employee flagged down an officer and reported that Grayson tried to pay for gasoline and cigarettes using fake money.

A clerk reported that the money didn TMt look right so she used a counterfeit bill pen to check it and learned they were fake.

Officers said Grayson had a total of 16 counterfeit bills in denominations ranging from $5 to $100 dollars.

Investigators said that the $20 dollar bills had matching serial numbers appeared to be faded in color.

The Harlingen man allegedly told police that he had made the counterfeit bill with a copy machine at home earlier Wednesday morning.

Grayson appeared before a Harlingen municipal judge on Thursday morning where he was issued a $16,000 dollar bond.