Several McAlester businesses have recently been victimized by a customer or customers using counterfeit money.
Counterfeit money is imitation currency produced without the legal sanction of the state or government.
McAlester Police Department Chief of Police Gary Wansick said several police reports have been filed on receiving counterfeit money in the McAlester area.
McAlester Police Department Criminal Investigations Capt. Don Hass said police reports were filed from local businesses for counterfeited money as high as $100 dollar bills.
“Customers came in to pay for items and the cashier would give them change for the fake $100 dollar bills,” Hass said.
MPD Detective Kenneth Bethune said there are few details in the case but business owners should be on the lookout for counterfeit money, especially in high dollar bills.
“We know $100 dollar bills are being passed around businesses,” Bethune said.
Bethune said businesses should mark each bill with the counterfeit bill detector pens to test for counterfeit bills.
Tobacco Hut sales clerk April Meadows said a counterfeit $5 bill was received on Wednesday with pink Asian writing on both sides and diagonal lines in the corner.
“A woman came in and said we had given it to her with her change and she wanted her five dollars back,” Meadows said. “We are being super aware of every bill we take now.”
Tobacco Hut and Smoke Shop Owner Etoya Riddle said Thursday she did not accept a $10 bill that had pink Asian writing on it around 11 a.m.
“We know what to look for and are watching very closely now,” Riddle said.
For more information contact the McAlester Police Department at 918-423-1212.
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