Police in Flowery Branch are looking for three people they say used 11 counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases at Target on Saturday. And after initially posting on Facebook about the counterfeit money, investigator Robin Kemp has discovered bills with the same serial numbers have been used at other area businesses, as well.
The Belk in Gainesville, Kohl’s in Duluth and multiple businesses in the White County area have been on the receiving end of the counterfeit money. Loss prevention managers at the Belk and Kohl’s reached out to Kemp after his original post.
“We believe there are several groups of individuals passing these bills,” Kemp wrote in a press release. “The bills that were passed at Kohl’s in Duluth and the Target in Flowery Branch were passed during the same time periods.”
The serial numbers on the counterfeit bills were LB61227773W, LB20915961B, LH21148446B, JF78849359B and LF85787384E.
Kemp said the bills look “all right if you don’t know what to look for.” He added that the suspects care more about exchanging the counterfeit bills for real money than any merchandise they might buy.
Police said the men at the Target bought electronics and gift cards and received real cash in change while paying with the counterfeit bills.
Authorities said the men were believed to be driving a blue Nissan Versa, though the tag number isn’t known.
Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Kemp at 770-967-6336, and he encouraged anyone who may have taken a counterfeit bill to call their local law enforcement agency.