Arrest made in connection with counterfeit $50 bills

A Miami, Okla. woman has been arrested in connection with allegedly using counterfeit $50 bills to make purchases at two businesses in Searcy County.

Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell says he has been advised by a detective in Oklahoma of the arrest of Joan Smith. Smith's case is being worked at the federal level by the U.S. Secret Service.

Sheriff Cassell says, in February, a woman matching Smith’s description reportedly went to the Dollar General Store in St. Joe and purchased $500 in gift cards using $50 bills. Later, she is alleged to have gone to the Dollar General Store in Leslie and made a purchase using the same denominations used in St. Joe.

After a store manager took the bills to a bank in Western Grove, he learned they were counterfeit and contacted the Searcy County Sheriff’s Office and an alert was issued for information leading to Smith’s arrest.

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