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Fake bills found

By Staff | Jul 5, 2008

A couple of retailers in the Estherville business sector contacted the Estherville Police Department this week regarding the passing of counterfeit $20 bills.

There were two separate incidents reported.

Estherville Police Department Captain Brent Shatto said, “We have no suspects at this time. Anyone with information are encouraged to contact the police department at 362-3515.”

The bills will be turned over the United States Secret Service office in Des Moines where further investigation of the illegal documents will be conducted. Shatto said the crime of counterfeiting and passing the documents for legal tender are punishable at both the federal and state levels.

The situation could get stickier because the individual or business holding the fake bill at the time of discovery may be out the amount. Shatto also said there could be additional consequences if a person or business knows the money is fake and tries to pass it off on someone else.

“As I have previously stated in earlier news articles and press releases, I have warned people of particular scams and will again remind everyone that due to the current state of the economy the trend of thefts, burglaries and scams will only increase. We all need to be diligent in our efforts in an attempt to stop these types of scams. Please check your currency closely,” Shatto said.

He reminds the public that there is also another set of quick-change artists traveling the area who attempt to confuse retail clerks by using the quick-change scam.