MASON CITY | A Mason City man has been arrested and charged with felony forgery after allegedly using fake movie money to purchase items from local stores in December.

Charles Edward Reich, 40, has been charged with forgery and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in two separate incidents in Mason City.

Reich allegedly used fake money marked "For Motion Pictures Use Only" to purchase merchandise from Yes Way, 1303 Fourth St. S.W., and McDonalds South, 2010 S. Federal Ave., on Dec. 13, according to court documents. 

He was pulled over for an unrelated traffic stop in the 700 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue on Dec. 15. 

While executing a search warrant of Reich's vehicle, police said in charging documents they found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine with burnt residue inside, as well as another fake $50 bill.

An arrest warrant was filed Dec. 19. Reich was arrested and booked in the Cerro Gordo County Jail Wednesday.

Reich will appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court Jan. 17 for the forgery charge. His non-jury trial for the drug paraphernalia case is scheduled for June 28.

Reich was released under supervision of the Department of Correctional Services Thursday afternoon after his initial court appearance.

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.




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