Man Caught Allegedly Passing Fake Bill at Pinole Store

James Corbin, 55, of West Covina, was arrested this week for allegedly trying to buy goods at a Big 5 store in Pinole, using a fake $100 bill, police said.

-- Bay City News

A Southern California man was arrested earlier this week after allegedly trying  to pay for merchandise with a counterfeit $100 bill at a Big 5 Sporting Goods store in Pinole and cops believe he has done it before.

Police detained the suspect as he was walking through the parking lot and identified him as West Covina resident James Corbin, 55.

Officers were called around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to the sporting goods store at 1572 Fitzgerald Drive on a report of a customer attempting to pass the fake money, police said.

Corbin later admitted to trying to pass the counterfeit bill. A search of his vehicle turned up more counterfeit cash, a printer and merchandise apparently purchased at other Bay Area retailers using fake bills, according to police.

The suspect was traveling with another man, 48-year-old Scott Moulton of Pasadena, who was arrested on an unrelated warrant.

Investigators believe the pair had been passing counterfeit cash throughout the state as they made their way north from Southern California.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Justin Takacs at 510-724-8944.

A call by Patch to the detective was not immediately returned.


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