Fake $100 bills found locally

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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A woman caught on video passing counterfeit money at a Maysville restaurant could be responsible for the same activity in other areas, police said Tuesday.

According to Maysville Assistant Police Chief Jared Muse, MPD received several calls on July 13, including calls from Penn Station restaurant and Sally Beauty Supply, concerning counterfeit $100 bills being passed by a customer.

Muse said the woman, who was about 5-foot, 8-inches tall and weighed 140 pounds, was wearing a blonde wig. The $100 bills were apparently fairly authentic looking and even passed the test where a special marker is used to detect fake bills.

Muse said he received calls Tuesday from several police agencies in the northern Kentucky/southern Ohio area concerning a similar scheme, including one in Owenton where a bill was passed that contained the same serial number as one passed locally. The woman who allegedly passed the bill, in that case, was wearing a dark wig, Muse said.

He said all of the bills detected locally were copied from those issued in the 1980s.

Muse said authorities are unsure if the money is coming from someone with local connections or if there is perhaps another connection with events held in the area and then moving on to another location.

Muse cautioned that since the bills may pass a marker test, those accepting them should also rely on feel and appearance of the bills. Any suspicious activity should be reported to local law enforcement officials, Muse said.

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Mary Ann Kearns

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