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People are attempting to scratch off the writing and attempting to make counterfeit bills look authentic and just well worn.
Photos provided People are attempting to scratch off the writing and attempting to make counterfeit bills look authentic and just well worn.
I am Bob Rivers and I am a Detective Lieutenant with the Crawfordsville Police Department. I am in my twenty-second year with CPD, my twelfth year as a Detective and my fifth year as being in charge of the Detective Division. I am also in my seventh year as a Deputy Town Marshal at Darlington. I am very proud to serve the communities of both Crawfordsville and Darlington.
I was asked to provide some information that would be relevant to the citizens of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County. I have recently been contacted by a local bank about the amount of counterfeit bills circulating. What have been seen lately are $20 bills that do look real with the exception of some Oriental type writing on the front of the bill in the upper left side. I believe the bills can be purchased on the internet and while possession of these bills in and of itself may not be a crime, trying to pass them off for payment to anyone is.
The crime is called counterfeiting and is a level six felony. The penalty for a level six felony is punishable by up to two and a half years of incarceration. What we are finding is that people are attempting to scratch off the writing and attempting to make the bill look authentic and just well worn. I will attach a photograph of the bill and of some bills that have been passed.
We want everyone to keep diligent when receiving money and pay attention to such things. We have found that these bills seem to share the same serial numbers and they do not have the security strip running through the bill. If anyone is trying to pass a bill or multiple bills with considerable wear marks on the upper left side, please pay attention to the serial numbers and look for the security strip that runs vertically through the bill.
In the past we have also seen some counterfeit one hundred dollar bills that look real but actually say on the upper left side that the money is for motion picture use only. So again, please be diligent and pay attention so that you do not get taken advantage of. If you do have someone that has passed or attempts to pass counterfeit bills to you, please contact the Crawfordsville Police Dept. at 765 362-3762. I hope this has been helpful, and be sure to stay safe and take care of one another.
Bob Rivers is a Detective Lieutenant with the Crawfordsville Police Department.