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Businesses warned to keep eye out for counterfeit money

June 24, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A counterfeit $100 bill recovered Wednesday from the Rouzerville, Pa., Wal-Mart probably is not the only forged currency circulating in the Waynesboro area, police said.

Washington Township Police Detective Michael McGovern said police have alerted all businesses to keep their eyes open for more counterfeit money that still might be passing around.

Police recover counterfeit money on a regular basis, McGovern said.

"This happens pretty regularly. I'd say we average about once a month," he said. "This bill was of average quality, not the best I've seen, but not the worst."

The bills usually are caught by watchful employees who know the signs of fake money, McGovern said.

The U.S. Department of Treasury Web site lists key security features of authentic money.

An authentic U.S. $100 bill will glow red in ultraviolet light, contains a security thread and uses color-shifting ink, according to the site.

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Paying for merchandise with counterfeit currency constitutes theft, McGovern said. It also is a federal crime.

Police are investigating the counterfeit bill, believed to have been passed within the last two days, he said.

Washington Township Police also are aware of reports of counterfeit $100 bills being used in neighboring Maryland, however, McGovern said there is no evidence the Pennsylvania and Maryland incidents are related.

Police do not have any suspects at this time.

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