Kissimmee, Florida -- Investigators say three people are behind bars after trying to scam local businesses with funny money.
On Monday, Osceola County Sheriff's deputies were called out to Taste of China Restaurant in Kissimmee. An employee told them that two men -- later identified as 27-year-old Christopher Emery and 25-year-old Robert Emery -- entered the restaurant and purchased a soft drink using a 10-dollar bill. When they left, the employee realized the bill was counterfeit.
After further investigation, deputies located an acquaintance who was able to identify the suspects. The acquaintance told deputies the suspects are brothers who lived at the Magic Castle Hotel. He allegedly saw them print off numerous $10 counterfeit bills earlier in the day and use them at several locations, including an area CVS, Outback Steakhouse, Taco Bell, a Japanese restaurant and a Subway restaurant, in addition to the Taste of China.
With the assistance of the Secret Service, deputies verified counterfeit bills were used at Subway and the Japanese restaurants.
The Emery brothers were brought in for questioning, but were uncooperative. Based on the evidence, they were both charged with three counts of Uttering a False Instrument.
Deputies believe a third suspect who had been staying with the brothers, 49-year-old Dorothy Powers, was also making counterfeit bills. A printer and tools used to make counterfeit money as well as counterfeit bills were found in their motel room.
Powers was arrested and charged with Possession of Counterfeit Bills and Possession of Forged Instrument Making Equipment.
All three suspects were booked into the Osceola County Jail.
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