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Wyoming jail returns funds after receiving counterfeit bills

GILLETTE, Wyo. – Authorities say a Wyoming jail unwittingly helped an inmate earn a profit from counterfeit money when it returned unused funds from a commissary account where he’s accused of depositing fake bills.

The Gillette News Record reported the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office returned $261.69 to the defendant when he was released in October.

Authorities say the 43-year-old was arrested earlier that month on suspicion of shoplifting and he turned over money as part of the booking process that included $120 in counterfeit bills.

He faced an additional forgery charge after being accused of passing counterfeit bills at a restaurantáwhere he worked.

He’s pleaded not guilty.

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