Someone has been passing off Hollywood $100 bills in Havre, local police said Tuesday.
Havre Police Chief Gabe Matosich told the Tribune the movie-production money turned up about a month ago and have since been reported at three or four businesses.
On the bills recovered by police, the paper appears to be the right color and the general details match their genuine counterparts. However, on the fraudulent bills, Benjamin Franklin’s right eyebrow is raised more inquisitively than the real bill, and perhaps most telling is where “The United States of America” has been replaced by the phrase “For Motion Picture Use Only,” or “For Cinematic Use” or “Prop Money.”
“They do look very real, but if you look close enough, it clearly says ‘For motion picture use only,'” Matosich said.
The chief said the department does not currently have any suspects in the case, but an investigation is underway to determine where the bills came from and who is “spending” them. Most have turned up at convenience stores, although several different businesses have reported finding them in their tills.
“If you don’t take your marker to see if it’s legit, it could be easily passed off as a real $100 bill,” Matosich said. “Any businesses, just take a little extra time to look at the $100s, save some grief. If you come across one, try to call law enforcement as quickly as possible.”
To report finding any counterfeit cash, the Havre Police Department can be reached at 265-4361.
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