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Counterfeit bills found at dollar store, Gainesville water department

Gainesville Police took two reports this week regarding counterfeit $20 and $100 bills.

Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said police received a report Thursday, May 17, about a fake $20 bill passed at the city’s water department.

“One of the employees mistakenly accepted a counterfeit $20 bill. It was later discovered by a member of management,” he said.

A second report was taken Tuesday, May 15 at the Family Dollar on Atlanta Highway, where a counterfeit $100 bill was taken.

“We’ve seen an increase over the past couple of months,” Holbrook said.

Two reports were taken in early April regarding counterfeit $100 bills.

The Pearl Nix Parkway Burger King called police on April 6 about “unknown subjects” passing a counterfeit $100 bill. On April 11, the Dawsonville Highway Shell station made a similar report.

Holbrook said some recent cases involve a person unknowingly using the counterfeit money received from another person or location. Other cases involve suspects trying to get the change from using the counterfeit bill.

The Secret Service lists 10 different security details and bank indicators of a real bill. Those include the watermark, color-shifting ink, security thread and 3-D security ribbon.

Other signs to look for are the feel of the paper and the size of the bill. 

“Whenever you receive that cash, double-check it, triple-check it just to ensure it is not counterfeit. We’ve seen hundreds, twenties, even fives that have been counterfeit,” Holbrook said.