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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Fake $100 bill lands Belleview man in jail

A 58-year-old Belleview man was arrested at a local Dollar General store after he attempted to pay for a pair of sunglasses with a counterfeit $100 bill.

On Sunday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the Dollar General located at 13415 SE 47th Avenue in Belleview in reference to a fraud incident. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with a cashier who advised that a customer had handed them a fraudulent $100 bill, according to the arrest report.

The cashier stated that the customer had identified himself as Brian Keith Burton.

Brian Keith Burton
Brian Keith Burton, 58, of Belleview

A computer search of Burton’s name led the deputy to a residence located on SE 37th Court. When the deputy arrived at the home, Burton was soon located and detained in handcuffs.

According to the report, Burton spontaneously stated that he “didn’t know the money was fake” before the deputy asked any questions. After being read his Miranda rights, Burton claimed that a friend had given the $100 bill to him, and he “didn’t know it was fake.”

The deputy observed that the words “Motion Picture Copy Money” were clearly visible on the front of the $100 bill. Burton told the deputy that he “couldn’t read the bill” because he was “legally blind,” though the deputy noted in the report that Burton “rode away on his bicycle” from the Dollar General store.

The cashier positively identified Burton as the suspect in this case.

Burton was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail, where he is currently being held on a $5,000 bond. He is being charged with fraud (passing a fraudulent bill), which is a felony.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, according to jail records.