Santa Maria teen made, tried to use fake money at school, police say

Posted at 8:38 AM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 11:38:06-04

Police say a large stash of fake bills was taken from the home of a Santa Maria teen this week.

The discovery was made after a school resource officer caught a 13-year-old at Pioneer Valley High School on Thursday trying to use a $100 bill at the school store, according to Santa Maria police.

Lieutenant Russ Mengel says officers followed up and found an abundance of fake money at the boy’s home.

Mengel says they believe the teen made the money, consisting of large bills, himself.

The money is described as being poor quality and would standout if someone were to see it or try to accept it as real money.

The teen was not arrested, according to Mengel, but the case was forwarded to the court for review.

Police remind everyone to pay attention and be careful when accepting large bills.