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Rash of counterfeit bills continues

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

They're being passed at restaurants gas stations, and even yard sales.

Richmond Police are trying to put a stop to rash of counterfeit money.

Just this week alone, one restaurant got stuck with more than $150 of the fake money, and now they are taking action.

Penn Station is the latest store in Richmond to fall victim of counterfeit bills.

"Being such a small town and good community, you just don't expect that sort of thing, but I guess sometimes that's being naive," says Charlie Willamson, the manager at Penn Station in Richmond.

Williamson noticed $160 worth of counterfeit bills in $10 and $20 increments after the 4th of July weekend.

"You got to take the loss on it and just can't let it happen," says Williamson.

Williamson says all store employees have been trained on how to spot a fake bill, and the store has bought several counterfeit bill detecting pens and UV lights.

"We're checking every bill," says Williamson. "We're not taking another hit even if it's a dollar, we're not going to do it."

Richmond Police are now looking through surveillance video from several of the targeted stores to see if they can pinpoint who may be responsible.

Richmond police have been investigating to see if all of the cases of counterfeit bills are connected.

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