Paducah PD: Man arrested after passing fake money at multiple stores

Jesse J. Bowman (Source: Paducah Police Department)

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – A San Francisco man faces forgery charges after police say he passed fake money at multiple stores in Paducah.

Jesse J. Bowman, 43, of San Francisco, Calif. was arrested on charges of first-degree forgery and four counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, according to the Paducah Police Department.

Paducah police were dispatched to the southside Walmart Sunday afternoon in reference to a man who had passed fake cash. During the investigation, the officer determined the same suspect had passed counterfeit money Saturday at the Walmart on the west end of town and a local pharmacy.

A few hours later, loss prevention employees at the Hinkleville Road Walmart called police to report that the suspect suspected of passing the bills on Saturday was back in the store.

Officers went to the store and found Bowman in a car on the parking lot. Police say they found counterfeit $10 and $20 bills in his possession.

During an interview, Bowman told police that he did not know the money was fake. However, while Bowman was being interviewed by detectives, officers learned that he was suspected of passing counterfeit money at a Walmart store in Avondale, Ariz.

Bowman was arrested and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.

A search warrant was obtained for Bowman’s room at a local motel. There, officers found more counterfeit money, a printer with counterfeit money still on it, a paper cutter and other items, including several pre-paid debit cards.

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