Fake Currency Showing Up Across Northeast Arkansas

OCTOBER 6, 2004 - Posted at 3:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - There is so much counterfeit money in circulation in northeast Arkansas that three fake $20 bills turned up in the till at Craighead County District Court, where people pay fines.

Police say the phony cash is circulating in Jonesboro, Blytheville and other areas.

Also on Monday, Mississippi County authorities arrested a man who possessed nearly $3,000 worth of the counterfeit $20 notes.  James Travis was also allegedly in possession of approximately thirty ounces of cocaine.

But plenty of businesses are reporting that the cash is still making the rounds.

Detectives say merchants should use special pens to determine whether bills are fake or not.  Police say some people passing the phony money may not know it is counterfeit.  But police want to question them anyway to try to find the source of the bogus cash.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)