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Fake $100 bill used at Austin restaurant

Post-Bulletin, Austin MN

A 32-year-old man is accused of passing a counterfeit $100 bill in December at an Austin fast-food restaurant.

Michael Anthony Madrigal, of Alden, Minn., is charged in Mower District Court with a single count of counterfeiting of currency, a gross misdemeanor.

A criminal complaint with an arrest warrant was filed April 16 for Madrigal, who is also a suspect in Albert Lea for similar incidents of counterfeit $100 bills being passed at businesses.

The complaint says the owner of Taco John’s in Austin called Austin police on Jan. 7 about the counterfeit bill being passed Dec. 22. The incident wasn’t reported immediately because the employee who accepted it knew the suspect and was going to give Madrigal a chance to pay the money, the complaint says.

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Police matched a jail mug of Madrigal with the suspect seen giving the counterfeit bill on the restaurant’s surveillance video.

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