State police seeking Bernabe Jefferies for passing fake $50 bills

Rita's employees near Schyulkill Haven refused money

Published: 3:53 PM EDT Jun 18, 2013
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Pennsylvania state police are looking for a man who tried to get change for a fake $50 bill Monday at Rita's Italian Ice in North Manheim Township, Schuylkill County.

State police at Schuylkill Haven are seeking Bernabe Jefferies, 23, whom they believe lives in the Allentown area.

About 8:30 p.m. Monday, police said the suspect asked for change for the bill at the Rita's near Schuylkill Haven. When the employees refused, Jefferies ordered a shaved ice for $2.35 and tried to pay with the same bill.

The Rita's employees realized the bill was fake and gave it back to Bernabe. He left in a blue Audi with Pennsylvania license plate JDF5320.

Police said the counterfeit $50 bill has serial number B14276471A.

According to state police, Bernabe also has attempted to pass the bills in Monroe and Lehigh counties.

Anyone encountering the suspect or the bills should contact state police at Schuylkill Haven: 570-739-1330.