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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

A UF student was arrested and banned from campus Sunday after police say he used counterfeit money at a campus restaurant.

Maxime Sparfel, UF industrial and systems engineering junior, used a counterfeit $10 bill to pay for his meal at Moe’s Southwest Grill at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, according to a University Police Department report.

After receiving his change, he asked the cashier for two $5 bills in exchange for another $10 bill.

According to the supervisor on duty at the time, the cashier sensed something was wrong because Sparfel was visibly nervous.

She marked the bills with a counterfeit detection pen and showed them to her supervisor, who then called UPD.

Police found 15 additional $10 bills in Sparfel’s pockets and backpack, according to the report.

All the bills had the same serial number and failed the counterfeit bill pen test, according to the report.

Sparfel, a French citizen, was arrested and charged with one count of possession of 10 or more forged bills and two counts of passing a counterfeit bill, all third-degree felonies.

UPD has consulted the United States Secret Service, which handles counterfeiting cases, for assistance.

Sparfel was released from the Alachua County Jail Monday afternoon.

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