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Police: 2 caught with fake cash, 1 says it helped with college

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Jalin Alexander (L) and Michael Murphy (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Jalin Alexander (L) and Michael Murphy (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Two Upstate college students are accused of using counterfeit money, and one of them said it was helpful financially, according to police.

Officers were called to the Dorman Centre Walmart Sunday night after an employee noticed the money was fake, police said. The suspects were trying to use the money and place it onto a Walmart credit card, according to the police report.

When officers spoke with the suspects, both admitted to knowing the money was counterfeit, police said.

The report stated Michael Murphy and Jalin Alexander, both 19, told police they had obtained the money from someone they sold shoes to previously.

According to the report, Alexander told officers he used the money in the past and thought it would help him out financially while he was in college. The report stated both men are students at Spartanburg Methodist College and according to a university spokesperson, both were on 2013-14 season basketball team.

The university said Alexander's status with the team will be determined during the off-season while Murphy is finished as he is finishing his sophomore year. SMC is a two-year private junior college.

Online jail records show both men were arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

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