WELLINGTON, Fla. - A man and a woman from Miami were arrested Saturday by Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies on charges that they tried to pass counterfeit bills at the Wellington Green Mall.
An off-duty PBSO deputy working security at the mall was called to the American Eagle Outfitters because of currency concerns.
The store manager told the deputy that a man had tried to use a counterfeit $100 bill to buy merchandise. The man, according to PBSO, fled the store after the purchase was denied.
Deputies said they arrested Edward Ulloa while he was walking toward Dillard's on the second floor of the mall.
Investigators said that Ulloa had five $100 counterfeit bills in his possession. All five of them had the same serial number.
According to PBSO, Ulloa had items that he bought at Express and Victoria Secrets that were paid for with the fake bills.
The clerk at Express told deputies that a woman had also used a bogus $100 bill.
Deputies located Myra Santiago hiding in her car in the Whole Foods parking lot next to the mall.
Santiago is accused of using $100 bills with the same serial numbers as Ulloa to buy goods at Express, Love Culture and Victoria Secrets.
Deputies said they recovered 12 counterfeit $100 bills.
Both Ulloa and Santiago were booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and charged with using counterfeit money.