Police see rise in counterfeit bills at Columbia businesses

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | 6:21 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia businesses should keep an eye out for counterfeit bills, according to a Columbia Police Department news release Tuesday.

Nine reports of counterfeit bills from local businesses have been reported to police since Feb. 19, the release said. All cases involve $20 bills, with the exception of one case involving a $50 bill.

A customer at the Break Time on Paris Road discovered on April 8 two counterfeit $20 bills and one counterfeit $50 bill.

The release also said a man in a grey Jeep or SUV tried to pass two counterfeit $20 bills in a drive-through of the Burger King on East Business Loop on March 31.

Police said employers should teach use of counterfeit detecting pens, UV light detectors or to know the specific security features of different bills.

The U.S. Bureau of Engraving’s Web site has an interactive feature to help the user examine all the security features.


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