MATTOON -- Police officers have arrested three men for allegedly trying to use counterfeit money at several Mattoon stores.

A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that Mario M. Spruiell, 23; William S. Spruiell, 22; and Malcolm A. Spruiell, 19, all of Chicago, were arrested on preliminary charges of forgery at 1:54 p.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of South Logan Avenue. The department reported that Malcom and Mario Spruiell are brothers, and William Spruiell is their cousin.

The three men allegedly visited numerous stores throughout Mattoon on Tuesday with the intent to pass counterfeit currency in exchange for real money.

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They were taken to the Coles County jail.

Regarding other arrests, Margaret A. Kham, 52, of Charleston was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of another’s credit card at 12:26 p.m. Tuesday at the police station. Kham allegedly had possession of and used another’s credit card without their knowledge or consent on Feb. 2 at Walmart. She was taken to the county jail.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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