Overzealous police officers in Tennessee mistakenly charged and jailed a man after thinking that an old, legitimate bill was a counterfeit $50 bill.
A clerk at Quik Mart in Shelbyville called police after the marker used to detect counterfeit bills said that Lorenzo Gaspar’s bill was fake.
“The front side of the bill was off center and it didn’t feel like a normal bill, it did look to be counterfeit,” officer Brock Horner said in his report.
After Lorenzo Gaspar was jailed, Horner showed the bill to Sgt. Bill Logue, the Shelbyville Police Department’s evidence technician, who told him old legitimate bills wouldn’t “check” with a marker and suggested he have it inspected at a bank.
Horner took the bill to two banks, where it was determined as “real but very old” at one and proven real by a black light and magnifying glass at another.
A judicial commissioner had Gaspar released from jail and Horner apologized for the arrest.
Gasper was told by Horner to take the bill to a bank and have it exchanged for a newer one.