Norman man faces charges in bogus-bill case


A Jackson County man has been linked to the use of counterfeit $50 bills, police said.

Rickey Gene Welsh, 33, of Norman faces a Level 5 felony charge of fraud on a financial institution and a Class A misdemeanor theft charge in connection with the purchase of car speakers, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The speakers were purchased July 19 for $150 from a person living in the 4400 block of North County Road 975W in Norman, police said.

The person selling the speakers found out the money was counterfeit when trying to spend one of the three $50 bills received in the sale, police said.

That person later made Welsh aware of the situation, but he would not cooperate, police said.

Police said another counterfeit $50 bill was used at a store in Brownstown on July 20. All of the bills in question had the same serial number, police reported.

Welsh was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 7:57 p.m. Tuesday and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

County Detective Tom Barker and Reserve Officer Scott Davis investigated and were assisted by Brownstown Officer Tom Wright.

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