On December 18, the Monroe City Police Department took reports from two local businesses involving counterfeit currency. Multiple counterfeit $100 bills were confirmed at both locations.
Upon inspecting the counterfeit money, each bill was discovered to be true $10 bills which had been altered to resemble $100 bills. Due to this the counterfeit monies passed the “marker test”. We strongly suggest all businesses use due diligence when checking cash monies and rely on more than one safety feature to confirm the validity of the bill. Additional ways to confirm validity of bills include checking the security ribbon woven into the paper, comparing currency for matching serial numbers, looking for shifting color ink and discrepancies in the crisp writing on the bill, and looking at the portrait watermark.
Although the $100 bill was the only value of currency which had been involved, we would like to remind local businesses that this does not mean it will be the only denomination of currency which may be altered and presented and all peoples should remain alert for counterfeit bills of any value.
If you believe you have received counterfeit money, please report this in a timely manner to the Monroe City Police Department. Chief Tyler Wheeler shared a picture which shows an individual of interest regarding the discovered counterfeit currency in Monroe City. Chief Wheeler stated, “If you know who this person is or have information about this incident, please contact the Monroe City Police Department.”