Thursday, Dec 5, 2013
Counterfeit Money Circulating in Vienna
VIENNA -- Vienna police are trying to determine the source of counterfeit money. Officers have recovered several fake $100 bills this month at area businesses. Sam's IGA and Dollar General were both targeted.
It was first noticed in June. Smaller counterfeit bills were found at stores and a bank. Police think the culprits are getting more comfortable because they are producing more valuable currency.
Workers at Sam's IGA have had enough of counterfeiters. They've seen fake $20s and a $100 bill in recent months. Assistant Manager Michael Stewart says they've been forced to stop accepting $50 and $100 bills.
"Which creates a strain on the workers, it creates a strain on the public, and it creates a strain on everybody," said Stewart.
Police Chief Jim Miller says the fake $100 bill that was recovered at Sam's IGA is made from a real $5 bill. The counterfeiters bleached it, cut the ends off, and attached it to a homemade $100 bill.
Miller says it'll be a challenge to track down the person or group responsible for the fake money, but the bills can be spotted.
"Any suspicious bills or any large bills, take the time and check them," said Miller.
Police say they have no suspects at this point. They are reviewing surveillance footage in hopes of tracking down the counterfeiters.
The practice is considered forgery and could result in three to seven years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
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