Police: Man tried to use counterfeit $100 bills at Morongo Casino
Movses Dermishyan, 22, initially told a deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department that he had only five $100 bills, but the deputy found an additional $2,100 in allegedly forged bills during a search, according to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Department.
Security officials at the Cabazon casino called the Sheriff’s Department about 4:25 p.m. after a casino employee noticed that four of the five $100 bills Dermishyan attempted to pass had the same serial number, authorities said.
Dermishyan was arrested on suspicion of possession of counterfeit currency, burglary and a parole violation. He was released after posting $5,000 bail.
-- Phil Willon in Riverside
Photo: Slot machine at Morongo Casino near Palm Springs. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times