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Police investigating fake money in Paintsville

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A customer spent more than $700 at a Paintsville business and police say it was all fake money. Now, the Paintsville Police Department is investigating and trying to figure out where exactly the bills came from.

Wal-Mart employees were counting the money early Monday morning when police say they noticed something was not right. Paintsville Police Chief Steve Sluss explains, "They said that they had one location in their store where $750 in counterfeit bills were taken in. Upon further investigation we found another bill, they don't know what part of the store it came from."

Police say they are now investigating, trying to figure out where exactly the fake bills came from. Chief Sluss says, "We are not really sure what happened, if it was one transaction or more than one transaction.>

Officials say several of the bills contained duplicate serial numbers.

Chief Sluss says, "Watch out for these fake bills, just looking at them...I would take one and wouldn't even think about it."

Police say there have been previous reports of counterfeit bills at businesses but say they are only actively investigating this incident at Wal-Mart.

Officials are not releasing much information at this time because it is an ongoing investigation, but they do want ocal businesses to keep an eye out for the fake money.

Police encourage all businesses to revert back to their safety procedures and make sure all tellers are checking bills to make sure they are real.

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