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'Funny money' causes serious concern

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

Next time you deal with cash, police say watch out, it could be fake bills. They're investigating a rash of counterfeit bills, particularly $5 and $20 bills.

Police say fake bills have passed at least two Richmond stores, the Gulf Gas Station off the Eastern Bypass and at the Burger King nearby.

"These bills are relatively good," says Major Bob Mott, with the Richmond Police Department.

One of the transactions is caught on tape. Surveillance video was taken from the Gulf Gas Station.

Police say the man passed a fake $5 bill after pumping gas. By the time the cashier realizes it's fake, the man takes off in a white two door car.

Two $5 bills are also passed the same day at the nearby Burger King, only discovered when money was counted at the end of the day.

"I would think they would be using the $5 bill because it's not checked as readily as a $20, $50 or $100," says Major Mott.

Police all of the $5 bills have the same serial number. Whether they're all connected, they're still investigating.

To determine if a bill is fake, police say hold it up to a light, and you should see distinct watermarks.

Earlier this month, Richmond Police say a Walmart employee reported a counterfeit $20 bill. The following day, Claire's in the Richmond Mall reported a customer had attempted to pass a $20 bill with the same serial number.

It was later determined the customer received the counterfeit bill from another store.

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