NEW BEDFORD--A customer at the drive-through window at McDonald’s restaurant on Kings Highway used $50 counterfeit bills marked “Motion Picture Use Only’’ for two separate transactions Saturday.

The suspect attempted to use another counterfeit bill for the third time within an hour but an employee questioned the bill. He then fled.

He used the bills to pay for $9.19 in food at 8:58 p.m. and returned less than 15 minutes later and purchased $10.37 in food. Ten minutes later, he attempted to use a third counterfeit bill to purchase $10 in food but the cashier questioned the bill.

This is not the first case of counterfeit bills marked “Motion Picture Use Only’’ being circulated in the city. In October, counterfeit $100 bills with the same wording were used in transactions at three businesses. A 25-year-old man was arrested for using a counterfeit $100 to buy a water gun at a business on Ashley Boulevard.

The counterfeit bills are apparently available for purchase on the Internet. 

The New Bedford Police Department warn residents and businesses to take a careful look at money before completing transactions.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male in his 30s with an average build, wearing a cap.

New Bedford police are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 508-991-6350 or the anonymous tip line at 508-992-7463 or e-mail

--New Bedford Police

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