Sheriff warns about fake money being used at multiple stores

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Independence County Sheriff's Office is warning businesses to watch out for counterfeit money that has been passed at local stores recently.

Sheriff Shawn Stephens said they began getting reports about the fake bills over the weekend.

The money was passed at the Doublebee's gas station in Newark and a Dollar General in Southside.

"We're seeing it anywhere from $1 bills to $100 bills," Stephens said.

The bills look very similar to real money, except they have replica written in small print on them and they have a waxy texture that is unlike legitimate money.

Stephens wants business owners and employees to be aware this money is being used and be on the lookout for it.

"Look at the bills and make sure it doesn't have any wording on it that it's not supposed to have," Stephens said. "Look for your security features in it and just be mindful that people are out trying to pass [counterfeit] money."

The department does have two known suspects in this case, thanks to tips generated by photos released on their Facebook page.

They are currently trying to bring those suspects in for questioning.

Stephens also warned that anyone who thinks they can get away with passing fake bills should know the department will likely track them down through the stores they shop at.

"Most businesses have video [cameras], especially at the cash registers and in and out on the doors and eventually they will get caught," Stephens said.

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