Fake One Dollar Bill Passed Off At Gas Station

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

It's not the first time we've heard about counterfeit money, but several people say it's the first time they've heard of a fake one dollar bill.

WYMT’s Marie Luby spoke to the clerk who took what she calls a counterfeit bill and wonders why one dollar could be worth so much trouble.

“It just doesn't look real, it looks like a play dollar bill actually,” Hope Branham said.

That's what employees at the Natural Bridge Shell station in Slade are saying about the dollar bill Hope Branham found when she was counting her drawer Tuesday morning.

“On the ends here you can tell where it's white, where it's been copied onto a regular paper. and here's where we marked it with the pen, and it's black,” Branham said.

Branham says this ink shows up a yellowish-brown on real bills, and black on the fakes.

Banking officials say U-S Secret Service agents are the only ones who can officially say whether money is counterfeit.

Community Trust Bank Marketing President Janice King says in her 30 years in the business, a fake dollar bill would be a first.

“Sometimes with the larger bills you'll see several at one time and then you won't see them for a while, but in the event that we do get a counterfeit bill at the bank we have to keep it and fill out a report and send it to the secret service,” King said.

Now employees and customers here are wondering, why would anyone bother to fake a single dollar?

“I wouldn't want to go to jail for something like that it'd be more than that if I was gonna go to jail,” Branham said.

Branham says no one will go to jail this time, because they didn't want to call police over a dollar.

They say they'd rather someone try to steal a small cup of coffee, than a tank of gas.

Hope Branham says she's come across several one dollar bills in the past few months that she thinks are fake and employees are now checking every single bill that's handed to them no matter how small.

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  • by JustMe Location: JustMe on Jul 17, 2011 at 03:16 AM
    That is exactly why they made a counterfeit $1 bill, because no one ever bothers to check for authenticity on such a small bill. If it were a $20, they'll be marking all over that thing. You have to assume that if they made such a small counterfeit bill, they probably made hundreds, if not thousands...otherwise, they'd be pretty dumb..
  • by bushido Location: FL on Jul 11, 2009 at 11:01 PM
    Most people know to look for fake twenties and ten dollar bills but how many people do you think stop to check a one dollar bill. answer: almost no one. plus the security features of the one dollar bill are much less than any other bill as there is not security thread, no water mark, no multicolor ink. matter of fact came across this story as i was looking in a search engine to see if there has been a counterfeiter smart enough to do it as i stare at a one dollar bill that looks a little to freshly pressed to me. although it seems like it is real from the composition of the paper since it is not stock.
  • by liz Location: fl on Feb 27, 2008 at 02:41 PM
    why would someone want to coppy one 1 dollar thats really small amount and really dangerouse could even end up in jail
  • by Only in Kentucky on Feb 13, 2008 at 04:28 AM
    would some redneck idiot go through the trouble of trying to counterfeit a one dollar bill. Maybe it's the same guy who is playing the lottery that guarantees a dollar a year for a million years!
  • by Unkown on Feb 12, 2008 at 09:17 PM
    I had one of these dollar bills just the other day. I knew it was counterfeit. I ripped it up and trashed it.
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 12, 2008 at 08:51 PM
    Maybe some of the customers dont know? COuld they be picking them up from flea markets or the such? A idiot tried to pass a fake $50 off in richmond at a flea market and was taken to jail. Wether its a $1 or $100 you still face 15years. WOuldnt it be easier to just get a job?


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