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Police: Indiana woman used fake money at IHOP, Buffalo Wild Wings, Culver’s and more

Catherine C. Spearman, 24, Gary, Indiana
Catherine C. Spearman, 24, Gary, Indiana

An Indiana woman was arrested after she allegedly used a fake
$100 bill at several businesses in New Lenox, including IHOP, Jewel-Osco, Buffalo Wild Wings, Beggars Pizza and Culver’s.

About 2:45 p.m. Aug. 7, police received a report of a fake $100 bill being used at the IHOP restaurant at 411 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox Deputy Police Chief Louis Alessandrini said.

An officer arrived and determined that Catherine C. Spearman, 24, of Gary, Indiana, passed the fake bill, Alessandrini said.

He said the bill was confirmed to be counterfeit, and she was taken to the New Lenox Police Department. The officer was able to see that the security strip was missing from the bill, he said.

Alessandrini said that Spearman also is alleged to have used a fake
$100 bill at Jewel-Osco, Buffalo Wild Wings, Beggars Pizza and Culver’s.

“Counterfeit money was recovered from those locations,” he said.

Alessandrini said video from those businesses showed Spearman tendering the fake money.

The counterfeit bills all had the same serial number, he said.

Spearman was arrested and taken to the Will County jail. She was released at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 8 after posting 10% of her $12,000 bond.

Spearman faces five counts of felony forgery.

A judge ordered Spearman to have no contact with places she is accused of using fake money at, according to court records.

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