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[Original Publish Date: 02/21/20]
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TAVARES, Florida — A homeless man attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at a local restaurant Saturday after getting away with it 2019, but this time the fake bill ended in a real trip to jail.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and Tavares Police responded to Taco Time, 15200 Old U.S. Highway 441, Tavares on a report of a man who paid a $14.98 bill with a counterfeit $100 bill. The owner told the deputy the same man had bought a $1 soda with a counterfeit $100 bill and received $99 in change in the later part of 2019, but he did not report that incident.
According to an arrest affidavit, the waitress told a deputy William Joseph Broccolo, 41, handed her an “obvious” counterfeit $100 bill. She used a counterfeit marker to confirm her suspicions and then told the store owner. The waitress recorded Broccolo on her phone and told him the store owner needed to make change for the large bill. On the video, Broccolo is heard mumbling an expletive and telling her to keep the change, according to the affidavit.
Broccolo was charged with uttering counterfeit U.S. currency. He is being held at the Lake County Jail on $5,000 bond.
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