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Saturday September 22nd, 2018 2:52PM

Police: Counterfeit bills caught in Gainesville

By Alyson Shields Reporter

Gainesville Police are warning citizens about counterfeit bills making the rounds.

Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said those using the funny money will buy a small item at a store to get the change from the large bill.

"We began to see an uptick over the last two months, but primarily in the last couple of weeks, we began to see a case or two every couple of days. Primarily it appears to be 50's and 100's making the rounds at local businesses."

Holbrook said they don't know where the money is originating from but they think it could be another state. He said one woman attempted to pass the money, not knowing it was counterfeit, and told police she received the bill from a bank in another state. 

"Check your bills closely. Many times you do go to the bank. receive that cash and walk right out the door without checking," said Holbrook. 

He also said sometimes, you can look at the bill and just tell it is fake: it's the wrong size, it has strange markings on it, or if it feels like regular paper. 

He encouraged businesses especially to invest in counterfeit pen detectors. "That's the number one thing we suggest. Especially if you have any bill over $20, always check it just to be certain."

Lastly, Holbrook said citizens who encounter fake bills should immediately contact police. Do not try to pass the bill at a business to get rid of it. "The mistake of not knowing can get you in trouble. Passing a counterfeit bill can lead you to a felony."

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