Local law enforcement say fake money has become an increasing problem

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

A lot of people are using what some officials refer to as "monopoly money" within the area. Officials from the hazard police department tell me they have had instances this week of a person going into a business and using a counterfeit bill.

Law enforcement officials say that it has become a problem within the city and county, people using fake bills to pay for stuff.

“Hazard Police Department received a call this week about a counterfeit bill being passed at one of the local businesses here in town,” said Captain Jason Duff.

“We see it several times a week, it's hard to actually put a number on it cause it happens pretty frequently,” said Duff.

Duff said the bills they have seen have been of poor quality.

“The colors are incorrect, the weight of the bill, the length, the width is all incorrect,” Duff said.

Duff said that certain businesses are targeted, like the busier places in town, gas stations, convenient stores, department stores and restaurants.

Duff said it is sometimes difficult to catch the culprits.

“It’s kind of hard to pin point who passes them because they will pick a busy business going in and out and it will be several hours before they recognize them as being counterfeit bills,” said Duff.

To spot a fake bill, police said to hold a bill up to light to see the water mark of a head or a seal that is shown vertically across the bill.

Officials at the Perry County Sheriff's Office said that they have also had problems with counterfeit bills, especially during the month of September. To use a fake bill is considered theft by deception, but manufacturing false currency results in felony charges.

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