Counterfeit Money Has Surfaced Again

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

"Funny Money" has been found again in Leslie County and state police say the fake bills have been surfacing across the region.

Just last week we reported several counterfeit bills had been discovered in Leslie County.

State police say fake money is growing in numbers, but there are ways you can keep yourself from being scammed.

Angie Salyers is a cashier at Hyden Grocery in Leslie County and she says every once in a while she sees a bill that just doesn't look right.

“I know there is a face you can look for if you hold it up to the light and there's a watermark sign that goes down the side of it,” Salyers said.

But Salyers isn't the only one having to keep an eye out for counterfeit money, state police say its becoming more common across all of eastern Kentucky.

On Wednesday, Kentucky State Police got a call that someone tried to pass a fake 20 at Hyden Grocery, as well as a fake 10 at the Shell gas station next door.

State Police Detective Joe Griffith says the funny money isn't too funny if you're caught.

“They could be charged with forgery, they could be charged with possession which is a Class D Felony and also they could be charged with theft,” Detective Griffith said.

Detective Griffith says people with counterfeit money tend to go businesses when they are the busiest, in hopes of not getting caught.

State police say if you believe you have come across counterfeit money to contact your local police department immediately with any information you can provide so they can try to stop the "funny money" in eastern Kentucky.

Police say they did arrest two people in Leslie County a couple of weeks ago for trying to use counterfeit money, but they're not sure if that incident is connected to the most recent cases.


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