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08-25-2016, 04:27 PM

Gwinnett police make second arrest in fake money scam
3:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016


Gwinnett County police have arrested a second person in connection with a $1,000 purchase made at a Wal-Mart using movie prop money.

Melissa Sinquefield of Buford, who allegedly played a role in the incident that took place July 19 at a store on Sardis Church Road in Buford, was booked into the Gwinnett jail Thursday morning.

Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said Sinquefield was part of a scam to purchase lawn equipment with 10 counterfeit $100 bills. She then took one of the pieces of equipment and returned it to a Wal-Mart on Buford Drive later that day in exchange for cash, police said.

Jocelyn Gerstenlauer, the alleged cashier who accepted the fake tender, surrendered Tuesday. The Auburn woman has since bonded out of jail, police said. They said she quit her job shortly after the incident.

Police are still searching for Travis Taylor of Blakely, who is also accused of being part of the scam. Authorities said earlier that Taylor has likely left the metro area and may be in Early County, which is about 190 miles southwest of Atlanta. He has active warrants there in which he is accused of passing similar counterfeit $100 bills at a business in Blakely.

All three face first-degree forgery charges, police said. Taylor and Sinquefield also face theft by deception charges.

The bills clearly state “FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY” on both sides. They also include this disclaimer: “This note is not legal, it is to be used for motion pictures.” The fake money is available online.

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