A $4 french fry order at a local restaurant ended in the arrest of a Fayetteville resident, one of five local men police say created counterfeit cash and then got real money in return after making purchases.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A $4 french fry order at a local restaurant ended in the arrest of a Fayetteville resident, one of five local men police say created counterfeit cash and then got real money in return after making purchases.

“It was mostly restaurants and, usually, low-cost purchases,” said Sgt. Shawn Strepay, police spokesman.

Three of the five are in custody, a Fayetteville police release said Friday.

Rufus Jamon Huddleston, 21, was arrested Thursday.

Huddleston is accused of using fake money on two occasions to pay for purchases at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill restaurant, according to an arrest warrant.

One of the fake $50 bills was passed in the bar, while another was used to pay for an order of french fries that cost just under $4, a warrant said.

Huddleston and the others are accused of creating bogus $50 bills that were passed at businesses around Fayetteville, police said.

Huddleston is charged with seven counts of uttering forged instruments, six counts of obtaining property by false pretense, five counts each of forgery and possessing a forged instrument and two counts of conspiracy.

Huddleston’s bail was set at $55,000.

Also arrested were Thomas H. Jones, 26, who is charged with forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument and conspiracy, and Jonathan K. Vailes, 30, who is charged with uttering a forged instrument and possessing a counterfeit instrument.

Police want to find Rakewon T. Jones, 23, and Uronde J. Hardin, 23, who face similar charges, Strepay said.

Nancy McCleary is a reporter for The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer.