Counterfeit money used to buy auto parts from Queen Creek store; Pablo Francisco Jr. arrested

Posted at 12:39 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 17:32:50-04

Last weekend police nabbed a man using fake cash to buy auto parts from a Queen Creek NAPA store.

Court records show that on June 11, a Mesa man tried to return auto parts bought with counterfeit money to the same store where he purchased them.

Police say that 23-year-old Pablo Juan Francisco Jr. used fraudulent money to buy $90 worth of auto parts from a NAPA store near Power and Germann roads.

The next day, Francisco allegedly returned to the store and tried to return the parts. Store workers recognized him and stalled him long enough for police to arrive.

Police found Francisco in the parking lot. When they questioned him, a balled up shirt fell out of the car and more fraudulent money fell out of the shirt.

Francisco has since been charged with fraudulent schemes and 15 counts of forgery.