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Swift action from clerk who spotted bogus Jackson

Four residents of the Bay Area were arrested early Wednesday for allegedly passing counterfeit money at the Meyers Shell Station.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s investigators said three of the four individuals went inside the food mart around 1:15 a.m. and purchased several items, paying with $20 bills. The clerk, suspecting the money was fake, took down the vehicle’s license plate number and called police. South Lake Tahoe police officers stopped the car at Tallac Street and U.S. Highway 50 about 15 minutes later. Investigators said they found 51 counterfeit, new style $20 bills in the car.

Leonid Kogan, 18, his brother, Dimitriy Kogan, 27, Vadim Donchu, 20, and Ines Villegas, 28, were all taken into custody. Investigators said the group was headed to the Stateline casinos when they were stopped.

U.S. Secret Service agents said they believe the counterfeit bills found are related to other phony bills found in the Bay Area in the last month. Detectives said they aren’t sure how the bills were manufactured.

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