Dog breeders scammed $2,100 in Laurel County

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Officials in Laurel County call it one of the largest counterfeit money cases they've seen. And they're still looking for a man they say used 2,100 dollars in fake money to buy three Rottweiler puppies. The victims in this case say they didn't suspect anything was wrong until it was too late.

When David and Natalie King met a customer at a Corbin rest stop on Monday, it was business as usual for the Rottweiler breeders. The buyer claimed to be from Tennessee and was interested in purchasing three 8-week-old puppies from the couple.

But soon after the man gave them the 2,100 dollars in cash for the dogs, the Kings suspected something was wrong.

"David said, 'I don't think the money smelled right, did you?'" said Natalie King. "So I started looking at the bills, and I saw they had all the same serial numbers."

All 51 bills were fake. Officials with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office say this counterfeit case is the largest they can remember in the area.

"I kind of got the impression that he was wanting them for guard dogs," said King. "I've never had anybody buy three before."

The couple warns folks to be on the lookout for these suspects to strike again and say the best way to protect yourself is by checking out the security strip against a light.

The Kings say while they're concerned about their financial loss, they are more worried about the safety of the puppies.

The buyer is described as a white man in his 20s, around 6 feet tall, and last seen in an older model Jeep Cherokee. The Kings are offering a reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspects.

If you have information, call the Laurel County Sheriff's Office at (606) 864-6600.

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