News Sections
Audio
Bloomington Police Investigating Counterfeit Bills
Updated May 7, 2013 8:25 AM | Filed under: Crime
 Print    Archive    RSS

(BLOOMINGTON) - Fourteen instances of counterfeit bills have been identified in Bloomington in the past two months, according to the Bloomington Police Department.

Gretchen Frazee of WFIU reports that the bills have been in various dollar amounts including $100, $20, $10 and $5.

Last month, a cashier at Mardon Salon found a counterfeit $10 dollar bill in the company's cash register when she was trying to give a woman change. The salon's manager Brittany Walters says the cashier could tell the bill had an odd consistency.

"We saw that the borders were a lot thinner and the lines just were not matching up with the other dollar bills, so we ended up taking it to one of the banks around here and we had three tellers confirm that it was counterfeit," Walters says.

Captain Joe Qualters says these kinds of things often come in cycles but his office is working with the U.S. Secret Service, the federal agency in charge of counterfeit crimes, to identify the source.

"On a local level, we impose a state charge when we are fortunate enough to catch the individuals involved," he says. "That charge would be theft and that is primarily because the retailer has been bilked out of a service or a product and been given fake money."

Qualters says counterfeiters most often use their money at businesses during busy hours when the workers are trying to serve customers quickly and do not pay much attention to the money they are handed.

Anyone with information about the counterfeit money is asked to call Bloomington Police.



« Previous Article
Next Article »

 Print    Archive    RSS

Have a question or comment about a news story? Send it to comments@wbiw.com

Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW
Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW


1340 AM WBIW, Bedford's Place To Talk. Serving Lawrence and surrounding counties since 1948!

© 2014 Ad-Venture Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.   WBIW.com and Listen Live Powered by HPC

Advertise  |  Careers  |  About  |  Feedback