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2nd person charged in counterfeit scam

A second Fort Wayne man has been charged in a scheme that used counterfeit $100 bills at Kroger grocery stores.

Clifton Hill, 28, of the 3500 block of South Harrison Street, was charged Tuesday with corrupt business influence and seven counts of aiding forgery. There is a warrant for his arrest.

From Aug. 18 to 24, Hill drove two men to Kroger stores in the area to make 11 purchases with fake $100 bills, court papers stated.

On Aug. 26, one of the men tried unsuccessfully to pay with a counterfeit $100 bill, and an off-duty police officer working for Kroger confirmed it was a fake. Investigators linked the men to the other fake bills by reviewing store surveillance videos, court papers stated.

One of the other men, Justin Dixon, 18, of the 900 block of East Washington Boulevard, was charged last month with corrupt business influence and three counts of forgery. He was released on his own recognizance. The third man has not been charged.

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