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Two men charged with passing fake bills at area businesses

Two men have been charged in Independence County Circuit Court with three counts of forgery in the first degree.

Arrest warrants have been issued for 21-year-old Zachary Kendall Jackson of Newark, and 24-year-old Justin Matthew Harless of Little Rock.

The court information says earlier this year, the two passed fake currency in locations in Independence County. Apparently, the fake money was provided by Harless and is what is referred to as “Motion Picture Money.” The fake bills were in ones, fives, and tens (10s).

Each of the bills had written on it: “For Motion Picture Use Only”; “This Note is Not Legal, It Is To Be Used For Motion Pictures”; and on the back of each bill was written, “Replica.”

Jackson and Harless are charged with passing or attempting to pass fake currency at the Dollar General in Newark, Murphy USA in Batesville, and the Dollar General Store in east Batesville.

Jackson has a bond set at $30,000. The bond on Harless is $75,000. The court information on Harless asked for him to be tried under the habitual offender act.

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