HOLMES COUNTY - Holmes County Sheriff John Tate urges residents to be vigilant after several counterfeit bills have been found circulating in the county.
The Holmes County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) obtained arrest warrants on two individuals for passing the phony money after the owner of Miller's Grocery reported on Thursday that two individuals, later identified as Angel Rivera of Geneva and Elizabeth Carroll of Bonifay, came to the store on Monday and paid for gas with a counterfeit $20 bill.
The store owner stated the two subjects never got out the car; however surveillance camera captured the car on video, and the store owner was able to obtain a partial tag number.
Investigators were able to run the partial tag through a database and find that the car belonged to Carroll. Through investigation, it was determined her male companion was Rivera and that he is currently in the Geneva County, Alabama Jail on unrelated charges.
Investigators conducted a photo lineup, and the store owner identified the two as the suspects who passed the fake money.
Investigators interviewed Rivera, and he stated he received $100 in fake $20 bills and that he bought drugs with some of them.
Rivera also admitted giving Elizabeth Carroll a $20 bill for $5 worth of gas and getting $15 of genuine currency in change. Carroll was later interviewed at the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office by investigators and admitting to passing the counterfeit money. Warrants have been obtained on both for passing a counterfeit instrument. Rivera is still in the Geneva Count Jail awaiting extradition.