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Cottonwood, Ariz, August 16, 2017- Cottonwood Police have taken several reports of counterfeit 100 dollar and 50 dollar bills this month being passed at local businesses. “It appears the counterfeit money is made using one dollar and five dollar bills and converting them to one-hundred and fifty dollar bills”, said Sergeant Monica Kuhlt of the Cottonwood Police Department. “This means, if a merchant is using the counterfeit detection pen to determine its authenticity, the pen will indicates it is a legitimate bill.” “That’s because the paper used is authentic and that is what the pen reacts to”, continued Sgt. Kuhlt. These particular suspects; a white male and female also passed counterfeit money in Jerome. On behalf of Jerome PD, they allowed Cottonwood PD to publish some of their surveillance photos in hopes of the public recognizing these suspects. If anyone has information involving these particular individuals or counterfeit money being passed in the Verde Valley they are encouraged to contact Cottonwood Police (928.649.1397) or Silent Witness at 800.932.3232.
Merchants are also being reminded to take a few moments and exam the currency before accepting it. For more information on the special features of legitimate U.S. currency visit https://www.uscurrency.gov/seven-denominations.