Suspect arrested after allegedly buying headphones with phony $100 bill

Zachary Hardman (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man was arrested, after being accused of using a fake $100 bill to pay for a pair of headphones.

According to the Casper Police Departent, 24-year-old Zachary Hardman was arrested on September 10, 2019 and was recommended for a felony charge of Possession of Forged Documents.

An affidavit in the case says that law enforcement was contacted for a reported fraud on September 3, when a resident reported that he had been given a fake $100 in exchange for a pair of headphones.

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The accuser told officers that they had been trying to sell their Beats headphones on an online marketplace. The accuser said that they had been contacted by Hardman who asked if he could purchase the headphones for $50.

After the $50 price was agreed upon, the accuser said that Hardman notified them that he only had a $100 bill, and the accuser said that they would provide change. The accuser met with Hardman and gave over the headphones and a $50 bill, while Hardman allegedly paid with the fake $100 bill.

The accuser told officers that they did not look at the bill right away and had assumed it was real. After Hardman left the area, the accuser saw that the bill had Asian characters on it, and did not have any security features.

Police collected the fake bills, and confirmed Hardman’s identity via previous booking photos. Officers confirm that the bill had Asian characters on it.

Hardman was contacted by police several days later on September 10, near the 100 block of North Center Street. He claimed that he had purchased the headphones but said that he knew the $100 bill was real.

The suspect further claimed that he had cashed his paycheck at a Casper retail store, several days prior, and said that the bill must have come from them.

Hardman was arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further reported incident.