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Woman spends forged $100 bills at multiple stores in College Mall

A 22-year-old Illinois woman spent two fake $100 bills at 4 p.m. Saturday at two stores in the College Mall.

Diauna Howard told police she met an unidentified man at the College Mall to receive the counterfeit money and then went to American Eagle and Bath and Body Works to spend it and get cash back, said Christina Combs, Bloomington Police Department training coordinator. 

Combs said she used a fake $100 bill to buy a $5 peach fragrance mist at Bath and Body Works.

After Howard spent the bills, the store employees called the police and were able to identify her based on video footage from the store, Combs said. The police located her in the mall and detained her for questioning. 

Howard was arrested on charges of forgery and disorderly conduct as she began to yell while she was being escorted to the police vehicles.  

When she was questioned, Howard admitted to knowing the bills were fake and being sent to the mall to use the money.

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