Fake money found in Martin Co. grocery store

By Whitney Burks | 

MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Deputies in Martin County are looking for a woman who spent more than 100 dollars in counterfeit bills at one store.

Officials say the bills were convincing, but there were some noticeable differences.

At first glance you might not notice anything wrong, but look a little closer and officials say you begin to see.

"There's a little bit of a difference in coloring, but they're almost the same as what a real bill is," said Martin County Deputy Bryan Tipton.

Deputies say the counterfeit bills were used at the Save-A-Lot in Inez.

"I guess they're figuring they can probably make money like this, but it's kind of hard to pass one nowadays in a store," said Tipton.

Employees at that Save-A-Lot say they quickly noticed something was not quite right.

"She had reached our cashier the money and stuff and she actually was going to count it for the cashier which our cashiers always have to recount the money anyhow," said Save-A-Lot Office Manager Elizabeth Fitch.

When the cashier counted the $20 bills she thought the paper quality was not the same, and, in standard procedure, she marked them with a counterfeit pen.

Employees and police agree the best way to tell the difference in real and counterfeit money is to mark it with a counterfeit pen. They say it shows up black or dark brown on regular paper and yellow on real money. The ink on those bills showed up too dark to be real money.

Employees called police, but the woman go away.

"Christmas time and the economy being so bad and stuff people are looking for an easy way," said Fitch.

Deputies are asking anyone with information to call the Martin County Sheriff's Office.

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