Fake money allegedly passed

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Homeless man charged by Rockwood police

By Damon Lawrence

An alleged counterfeiter was arrested on Jan. 18.
Larry Dale Griffis faces two counts of counterfeiting and theft.
According to the warrant on the counterfeit charges, Rockwood police were dispatched to Hardee’s on Jan. 3 in reference to fake money being used.
“The complainant advised that she received a $20 bill that was counterfeit,” the warrant said. “She stated that she knows the man who passed it. She advised that it was the defendant Larry Dale Griffis, whom she had worked with in the past.”
Griffis was later stopped by Rockwood Police Sgt. Kelly Pittman. The warrant said Griffis consented to his vehicle being searched.
“During the search I found counterfeit money,” the warrant said.
Griffis also allegedly admitted to using fake money to purchase cigarettes at Big E’s on Jan 3.
“Mr. Griffis spoke to Rockwood officers after having been advised of his rights and stated that he had been in the Big E’s and that he had paid with the counterfeit bill,” the warrant on the theft charge said. “Five more bills ... were recovered from Mr. Griffis, and he stated that they were all his.”
Griffis, 37, is homeless, according to court records.