(WASHINGTON) - The Secret Service, along with Washington law enforcement are investigating a rash of counterfeit bills that were passed in Washington.
On Wednesday at 11:22 a.m. an employee at Par-T-Pac Liquors, 1011 W. Walnut St., called police after an employee at German American Bank notified them that a counterfeit $100 bill had been in the businesses' deposit.
The clerk, who was on duty when the bill was passed, told police that he thought the bill looked strange, but when he marked it with a special pen it showed okay, so he accepted it.
The manager was able to pull up the transaction on the stores security camera. The fake money was clearly identifiable, and the person passing the money was identified as a recently dismissed employee.
Less than 20 minutes later, police were called to the La Esquina Hispanic store at the corner on N.W. 5th and VanTress, where an individual was in the store attempting to buy items with a counterfeit bill.
The store owner told police a second person had left the store on foot when police were called. While the store caters to the area's Hispanic community, neither of the individuals questioned by police were Hispanic.
The individual with the fake bill told officers that he had received the bill at WalMart when he cashed his check.
Police apprehended the second individual, who told police he left when he saw his friend was in trouble.
According to Washington Chief Mike Healy, the names of those involved and the information gathered by local police has been turned over to the Secret Service for further investigation.
Anyone with information about the fake money is asked to call the Washington Police Department.
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