LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - A garbage pickup employee noticed something unusual in one man's trash, landing a man behind bars on counterfeiting charges, authorities said.
"When they first saw the money they thought it was real. And then of course upon further examination they could see that it was just printed on plain paper," explained Caleb Durden, Limestone County Sheriff's Office Investigator.
Christopher James Shock, 32, is charged with 40 counts of first-degree possession of a forged instrument after employees picking up garbage found fake cash in bags at Shock's home, according to the Limestone County Sheriff's Office.
The CCS employees also found tools in the trash and what authorities said they believe was a test printing of a $50 bill printed on the back of an Alabama Pardons and Paroles receipt issued to Shock for the month of August.
Investigators went to Shock's home and said they found 40 more counterfeit bills.
He was booked into the Limestone County Jail on $200,000 bond.
"Each forged bill, in the state of Alabama, is classified as a Class B felony," explained Durden. "A person could face up to 20 years in prison for each one."
Authorities said Shock could face additional charges if more bills turn up.
Investigators estimate between 10 and 30 thousand dollars in Shock's counterfeit bills are already in circulation.
If you have been passed a fake bill, Limestone County Sheriff's Office encourages you to turn it in to police.