Harlingen men arrested for using counterfeit cash at carnival

Dimas Vincent Rivas // Harlingen Police Department Photo

Two Harlingen men got a ride to jail after they were allegedly caught using fake money at a local carnival.

Harlingen police arrested Rene Medrano, Jr. and Dimas Vincent Rivas on forgery and evading arrest charges.

The pair allegedly tried using a counterfeit $20 dollar bill to pay for a game on Saturday night.

Heart of America carnival workers off Dixieland Road alerted police.

After a short chase, officers arrested both suspects.

Harlingen Police Sgt. John Parrish said any business can be a target for fake cash.

"Just be careful, look at the bill, if you happen to have the brown pen, that always comes in handy, Sgt. Parrish said. But a lot of times you can just look. The ink will be smudged, the paper may not feel just right."

Police officers found a total of five fake $20 dollar bills.

Investigators told Action 4 News that that U.S. Secret Service will be involved in the case.