More Counterfeit Money Hits Illinois, Investigator Says Pens Not Always Working

More Counterfeit Money Hits Illinois, Investigator Says Pens Not Always Working

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinois businesses continue to see an uptick of fake currency hitting cash registers and some of the prop currency is fooling anti-counterfeit pens.

Piatt County Sheriff’s Office announced that a Dollar General store in Cerro Gordo had sent a deposit unknowingly containing fake movie money to its bank. The realistic-looking props have been showing up at businesses across the state with growing frequency this year. The fake money is made for movies. It is designed to look realistic as props for motion pictures. It’s widely available for sale online.

Investigator Tom Apperson said law enforcement officials have seen more of it in circulation than years past.

“It’s not just been in Piatt County, but in the area, there’s certainly been an uptick of occurrences of this happening,” he said.

The most common way businesses have historically spotted fake money is with counterfeit detection pens, but some of the prop money doesn’t trigger the black marks on the bills.

“Some of these counterfeit bills can actually give false results that the bill is real, so we always recommend checking other security features that are on the bill,” Apperson said. “A lot of the bills that are being passed fraudulently could have been stopped simply by reading the text on the bills.”

The Bloomington Police Department reported a woman using fake currency at three locations last Friday.

The U.S. Secret Service handles counterfeit currency crimes, but Apperson said it’s best to first contact local law enforcement.

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