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Police: Man tried to use fake money to buy fair tickets

| Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

A Dunbar man who police said tried to use counterfeit money to buy a ticket to the Fayette County Fair instead earned himself admission to the county jail.

William Douglas Benson, 46, of 4 First Ave. is charged by state police at Uniontown with forgery, trademark counterfeiting and theft by deception.

In a criminal complaint, police said Benson tried to use counterfeit bills to buy $65 worth of tickets to the fair in Dunbar Township at 7:31 p.m. on Aug. 4.

A security officer detained Benson when a clerk who was working at the front gate discovered the fake money with a counterfeit-detector pen.

Police said they recovered 23 counterfeit $10 bills, 47 counterfeit $5 bills and 21 counterfeit $20 bills from Benson.

When questioned, Benson acknowledged he had manufactured the counterfeit bills, a criminal complaint alleges.

Benson was arraigned before North Union District Judge Wendy Dennis of North Union in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 14 before Smock District Judge Dwight Shaner.

This year's fair ran from July 26-Aug. 4 at the fairgrounds on Pechin Road. Cost for regular admission was $13.

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