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Girl Scouts counterfeit cash case expands; 2nd case in Inland Empire

These surveillance images show a person of interest possibly involved in buying Girl Scouts cookies with counterfeit cash. The photos were taken in a shopping mall in Lake Elsinore on Feb. 27, 2014.
March 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
A second case of crooks using counterfeit cash to purchase Girl Scout cookies has come to light in the Inland Empire.

Deputies on Tuesday released surveillance images of a person of interest seen at a shopping mall Feb. 27 in Lake Elsinore. The photos show a young woman with long black hair, jeans, sneakers and a black hooded sweatshirt. No names or other identifying details have been released.

Authorities say unknown suspect(s) bought several boxes of Girl Scout cookies with counterfeit money in that area. The suspect(s) had already fled when deputies arrived.

A similar incident occurred two days later outside a grocery store in Rancho Cucamonga. In that case, authorities say a man and a woman passed off $50 counterfeit bills to purchase Girl Scout cookies from a local troop that set up a table outside an area grocery store.

Police are still studying surveillance video from that incident and have not said if the two cases are connected.


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