Counterfeit US $100 bills warning
Police today warned the public about counterfeit bills after a fake US $100 bill was passed at a gas station.
A police spokesman said a fake note with was used to make a payment at the Rubis Van Buren Marine Service Station on North Shore Road in Flatts on Tuesday afternoon.
The counterfeit bill had the serial number PR10008679P.
The spokesman said: “Inquiries to confirm the identity of the suspect continue.”
He added: “Employees are reminded that if counterfeit cash is detected during a transaction, the member of staff receiving the fake money should hold on to it, jot down a description of the individual who tendered it and contact police immediately.
“Similarly, members of the public should take a few seconds to examine any money they may receive, especially the larger denominations.”
People who may have been given counterfeit currency without their knowledge should contact police.
Anyone with information about counterfeit currency can also contact the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477.
The spokesman added: “It is a criminal offence to pass to another, possess, make or reproduce any counterfeit currency; punishable by up to five years in prison – and those caught committing such offences can expect to be prosecuted.”