Counterfeit money found circulating around Estill County

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ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Police in Estill County say counterfeit money is making its way around town at local stores and even garage sales.

Irvine police say over the last month, phony $10, $20 and $100 bills have been showing up around town; some at local garage sales and some even from local dollar stores. Counterfeit cash has also shown up in several other Kentucky counties this year.

Police say they look just like your average paper money, but the fake ones feel much different. Officers are unsure where the phony bills came from and how they were made, but say printing the counterfeit money is a serious crime.

That's why they're warning anyone who gets their hands on the fake bills to report them to police.

"They look pretty normal. But as soon as you feel them, it's more of a plain paper-type feel. So when you're actually going through [your money] separate the bills and make sure, just don't clump them up together," says John Sturniolo, Irvine Police.

If you find any of these fake dollar bills, call the Irvine Police Department at (606) 723-2221.

The last report of counterfeit cash was in Lexington last month.

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