Counterfeit Bills Passed

Counterfeit bills popped up again at Washington businesses in a span of four days.

Washington police said a gas station reported finding phony $10 bills. Another business called to report counterfeit $50 bills. A third business reported fake $20 bills on Monday.

Both bogus bills were discovered Friday, Aug. 25. The investigation into both cases is ongoing, police said.

The $10 bills are believed to be connected to a series of fake bills in the area. Last week Washington police warned residents and businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit $10 bills.

Washington Police Detective Betsey Schulze said during a three-day stretch between Aug. 11 and Aug. 13 police recovered at least 20 phony $10 bills. The bills had been accepted at various businesses around Washington and were sent to banks to be deposited.

The banks noticed the fake bills and alerted police.

In March, police were cracking down on a rash of fake $20 bills.

Schulze said police have discovered most of the fake bills were made in a similar fashion. The fake $50 bills, however, used a different technique. Schulze said two men tried to pay for items at a Washington business using two $50 bills.

The store noticed the bills had matching serial numbers and alerted police. Schulze said it appeared the fake money were “washed out $10 bills.”

Finding the Fakes

With counterfeit bills in the area, police are again reminding businesses and consumers to be on the lookout. Businesses should double check any suspicious bills and consumers, should make sure any change received from area businesses to see if any of the bogus bucks were passed back as change.

Spotting the fake money is fairly simple, Schulze said. One way to check is to feel the money — real bills have a different feeling.

Another way to spot a phony is to hold the bill up to a light. Newer tens, twenties and higher denomination bills have hidden watermarks. The images and words can only be seen when the bill is exposed to light.

Schulze said the easiest way to check if a bill is bad or not is look at the lower-right hand corner. On newer bills the number is a hologram that “shimmers” when the bill is moved around. The number appears to change color from green to gold.

Counterfeiters can’t duplicate that effect, she said.

Anyone with any information about the counterfeit bills should contact police at 636-390-1050.