Police: Counterfeit $100 bills passed in Lake Delton

December 3, 2018

Police in Lake Delton are warning business owners to watch out for people attempting to pass counterfeit $100 bills.

On Nov. 30, police received a complaint about counterfeit bills at Walmart.

“They were using bills with the same serial numbers,” said Det. Kristi Seidl of the Lake Delton Police Department.

Police urge business owners to exercise caution when accepting cash, especially larger bills. Seidl said business owners should ensure that each bill they accept from customers or vendors has a separate serial number.

According to the department, a “possible suspect vehicle is a newer model Chevy Malibu with New York registration.” Investigators believe the suspects are “traveling through the area.”

Police ask businesses that discover a counterfeit bill to report the issue immediately.

“Contact us, especially if they are still in the store so we can dispatch someone,” said Seidl.

Seidl said if a business catches a counterfeit bill “after the fact,” they should contact their bank in addition to the police department.

The Federal Reserve recommends business owners check the watermark and security thread on all bills, and if a suspected counterfeit bill is received, to pass along to police any physical characteristics about the person who attempted to pass the bill, along with license plate and vehicle description if available. Any counterfeit bill received should be stored separately from other bills, and passed to law enforcement.

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