Police respond to counterfeit cash at church's pumpkin patch fundraiser

Police respond to counterfeit cash at church's pumpkin patch fundraiser

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Surfside Beach police were called to the Surfside United Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon in reference to counterfeit currency exchanged for pumpkins, according to a police report.

The victim told police that they were given counterfeit currency for pumpkins during the fall festival sale but was unaware of the counterfeits at the time.

The victim stated they dropped their weekly cash at the bank and was later notified that $140 of the currency in $20 denominations were counterfeit bills.

The currency was obtained during the church's Fall Festival between October 13, 2014 and October 19, 2014, according to the police report.

Paulo Lopes, Youth Minister at Surfside United Methodist Church, says that this was just an unfortunate incident that the church does not expect to see again anytime soon.

"I guess the main thing is just getting the word out so people know to watch for those bills," Lopes said. "We hardly ever have any issues like that in spite of the Pumpkin Patch being run exclusively by youth and volunteers."

At no time was it noted that any of the volunteers had suspected the passing of counterfeit currency during the sale, according to the police report.

There are no suspects at this time.

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