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DELHI TWP. - A rash of counterfeit bills that began turning up at fast-food restaurants in Delhi Township in late November has resulted in at least two arrests and involvement with federal authorities, police say.

On Nov. 20 two men in a dark colored sedan came through the drive-thru at the Wendy's at 2727 Eaton Rapids Rd.

An employee checked a $20 bill given as payment and when she stepped away, the car was driven off. That case was closed due to no investigative leads.

But then on Nov. 25 and 27 counterfeit $5 and $10 bills were used to pay for food at McDonald's, 2400 Cedar St. and 2530 Jolly Road.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is in custody but awaiting possible federal charges, Lt. Mike DeBruin of the Ingham County Sheriff's Department's Delhi Division said.

Police said the same man tried to pass a counterfeit $20 at a gas station a day later, and was later apprehended.

Also in November, a woman passed two counterfeit $20 bills at the McDonald's at 2530 Jolly.

The security video identified her, and she was arrested, DeBruin said.

"She used a printer to make them," he said. "She had no relationship with the other man, who obtained them by buying them."

DeBruin said fast food restaurants are targets for counterfeiters because the money is exchanged quickly.

"Fortunately many restaurants have excellent cameras, especially at the drive-thru," DeBruin said.

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