Fake Bills Recovered In Stevens Point

Stevens Point detectives are looking to find who created counterfeited bills turned in last week. A local tavern brought in a fake five dollar bill and twenty dollar bill after doing a routine deposit. In February and earlier in March, a few other bills were also recovered by a McDonalds and Subway. Sargent Tony Babl said because of the similarities and the close time span, the incidences could be related.

Both bills most recently turned in were a 2009 series and had intentional aging, such as a burn mark in the corner on the five dollar bill, crumpling, and seemed to be printed on a resume-type paper. Both bills did not have the color fibers found in legitimate bills, a security thread, and they both had color pin point dots indicating they were printed on an ink jet printer.

"We can maybe track down the date and time of when these (incidences) happened and track the serial numbers," Babl said. "Most often than not there taking a bill that and put it on the scanner and putting a bunch of sheets using the same bills over and over again."

He said to look for things out of the ordinary of traditional bills. Unfortunately, you will likely not get your money back unless a person is found responsible and charged. Banks also screen their bills and will send them onto the U.S. Secret Service to investigate.

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