8 Year Old Takes Counterfeit Money To School

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TOLEDO, Ohio - A little girl thought she'd hit the jackpot when she found a 20-dollar bill.
But it turns out the treasure was a fake.

The child's mother says it all started with a game. She challenged her kids to pick up the yard, and the child with the most trash would win a $5 prize.

"My daughter had the most garbage," says Jeweline Cole. "Well, I find out she had cheated. She went over to the other yard on the other side of this gate over here as you see and found some garbage over there."

That's where the 8-year old found something special.

"She just up and said, 'I found $20!'"

Cole says her daughter was so proud of her new found cash, she volunteered to pay for her school field trip with the money. The young girl attends the Clay Avenue Community School. It was her principal there who first noticed something was different about the $20 bill.

"It was quite evident when we looked at it," said Principal Julie McLaughlin. "It was not the normal size of the currency."

McLaughlin says they took the bill away and called police. Cole's daughter returned home without the money or any change.

"They told me it was counterfeit." said Cole. "I was like, 'What? Counterfeit?!'"

Toledo Police say they won't be charging the girl or her mother. But Cole says she is worried about where the bill came from.

"A $20 bill just there out in the open like that. Where could it have come from? You know? Is there something going on in the neighborhood I don't know about?"

Toledo Police have sent the case to the Secret Service for further investigation.


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