A young women attempted to use a fake $100 bill to pay for her coffee at Mokka Coffeehouse earlier this morning.

Around 8:30 a.m., a women walked into Mokka Coffeehouse and ordered a coffee, she first tried to use a credit card that was denied and then handed the clerk a $100 bill.

Upon careful inspection and a pen test Jack Corey, Owner of Mokka, told the women that it was fake and that he would have to keep it.

The women quickly departed Mokka and the Newport Police Department was called. Corey tells us that he has never seen the women before and that Newport Police Department are looking into the incident.

A request for comment from Newport Police Department was not immediately answered.

For more information on the new(ish) $100 bill and how to spot a fake one, visit U.S. Currency Education Program.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.