Police: McDonald’s employee took cash, replaced it with counterfeit

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BROOKVILLE, JEFFERSON CO. Pa. (WTAJ) — Police have arrested a McDonald’s employee suspected of forgery, theft, and counterfeit on August 6, 2019.

Police were called to McDonald’s at 249 Allegheny Blvd. for a report of counterfeit money.

According to the affidavit, the manager of the restaurant told police 24-year-old Traa Alan Wagner took $200 out of the register and replaced it with two counterfeit $100 bills.

Police say surveillance footage shows Wagner removing the cash and placing the counterfeit bills inside the register.

Court documents say Wagner admitted his actions to police and that he took the money to pay fines to his probation officer.

It also says Wagner told police he got the fake bills from his kid’s play money.

Wagner is in the Jefferson County Jail on a probation violation.

“The individual was currently on house arrest out working, so he’s currently housed in the Jefferson County Jail in violation of his probation,” Brookville Police Chief Vince Markle said.

He faces theft, forgery and receiving stolen property charges.

Brookville police are investigating several other businesses after there were other reports of counterfeit bills being used.

Markle said some of those bills had the same serial number as the bills Wagner used, however Tuesday was an isolated incident.

“Everyone has to do their due diligence and take the time to slow down and make sure it is authentic us currency,” Markle said.

He said if you come in contact with counterfeit money, call police right away.

“It’s not illegal to have them in your possession, it becomes illegal if you try to pass them as us currency.”

The bills are described as having pink, red or yellow Chinese lettering on the back and usually come as $20 or $100 bills.

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