PD: Peoria Spring Training caterer passes fake money on to other concessionaires

Posted: 11:55 AM, Mar 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-30 20:45:52Z

A Peoria catering manager learned that when it comes to counterfeit money, it's best to not "pay it forward."

Peoria police report that on March 21, they were called to a concession stand at the Peoria Sports Complex near 83rd Avenue and Bell Road, for a report of counterfeit money being used. 

They spoke with a manager who works for the Seattle Mariners Baseball Team, who reported that they had received four fake $20 bills. 

They identified the suspect as 45-year-old Paul Michael Fox, who is the manager of a catering company, which is also at the Peoria Sports Complex. 

The victim told police that Fox used the fake money to purchase two T-shirts and a cactus figurine. 

Fox initially denied the accusations, but later allegedly admitted to using the fake money to buy the items. 

He reportedly told police that the catering company has a money-counting machine that detects counterfeit money. 

Instead of collecting the bills and reporting the crimes, he had been keeping the fake money in his desk. 

When police searched his desk, they reportedly found 11 more counterfeit bills. 

Fox has been charged with forgery.