The 21-year-old admitted to attempting to use a fake bill, but that he had gotten it through a meth drug deal. He added that all he wanted was to gain a little street cred.

Aaron S. Lewis, a 21-year-old boy from Coeur d’Alene, was arrested for using a counterfeit bill to purchase a knife. Lewis is easily recognizable from his cross tattoos across his knuckles… as well as the penis tattoo on his arm.

Aaron S. Lewis told police he had intended to trade three knives at the Blades Cutlery store for the one he wanted, but the manager required an extra $50 to cover the difference.

Lewis, with a tattoo of the mark of Cain, carried the counterfeit bill in his pocket from an earlier drug deal, according to police. His first response to that, was that he “unintentionally used the bill to purchase the knife.”

Lewis told police he obtained the bill from selling methamphetamine, with the hopes to gain credibility on the street, so he can get “bigger plugs.”

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Lewis’ charge was one felony count of forgery. His bail was set at $10,000, despite the prosecutors who urged for a $20,000 bond.

With a previous felony charge from an earlier case, Lewis admitted to being involved in a drug transaction deal, as well as attempting to pass the fake bill.

“In the last week we have received three separate reports related to counterfeit bills,” Detective Jay Wilhelm from the Coeur d’Alene police, said. “The reports do not appear to be related or part of an organized counterfeit production system.”

Investigating and prosecuting counterfeit money cases often involves the use of several agencies, including the U.S. Secret Service. Wilhelm added, “The use of counterfeit and fraudulent currency affects our local merchants and has a negative impact on the local economy.”