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Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Bailee Rae Simmerman
Photo by Nebraska Unicameral
Anthony Fleecs

Police charged two people with forgery after they allegedly tried to pass off a counterfeit $100 bill a half-hour before the total eclipse.

On Monday at 12:24 p.m., police went to the Nebraskaland National Bank at 1400 S. Dewey to check out a report of a counterfeit bill, spokesman John Deal said. 

A bank employee said a vehicle came through the drive-thru carrying a woman and man. The driver gave the teller a $100 bill and asked for change.

The teller immediately knew the bill was fake, because it had "FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY" printed on the front, Deal said.

The teller seized the money and the car drove off, but not before the teller got the license plate number. A short time later, police received a report that the same vehicle was driving recklessly near 1400 Burlington. 

Another officer found the car parked in the area with Baillie Simmerman, 19, in the driver's seat and Anthony Fleecs, 19, in the passenger seat, Deal said.

Simmerman and Fleecs fit the description from the teller, and they were taken to the North Platte police station to be questioned.

Deal said it was learned in the interview that Fleecs allegedly got the money from a friend. Neither suspect would give that friend's name to investigators.

Both Simmerman and Fleecs are charged with first-degree forgery and held without bond pending a court appearance.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/22/2017
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