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$5 bills changed to $100 bills, landing man in Hillsborough jail

$5 bills changed to $100 bills, landing man in Hillsborough jail

TAMPA — He entered the stores carrying $100 bills.

At several, he left running as the clerk recognized the bill as counterfeit.

But Michael Marano also had his successes, using the fake money to buy beauty supplies for his hairstylist girlfriend.

The Tampa Police Department arrested him Monday on a charge of passing counterfeit currency, a scheme he had been practicing since July, investigators said. He remains in a Hillsborough County jail with bail set at $5,000.

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