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Authorities Investigate Counterfeit Money

December 19, 2013, 10:00 PM by Brady Mallory

Authorities Investigate Counterfeit Money

The Secret Service is investigating a rash of counterfeit cash at local Sioux Falls stores, gas stations, and restaurants. Police say there have been 26 reports of counterfeit bills since Black Friday. A total of 38 counterfeit bills have passed, and the most common have been fake $20 bills. Officers are urging businesses to be on the lookout.

Ruby Hakl, a Lewis Drug cashier, knows how to spot the difference between fake money, and the real thing.

"Most of it, it feels like it's been used a lot," Hakl said, pointing out counterfeit bills will feel crisp, stiff, and new. 

"It's troubling, because I know the U.S. Mint is constantly trying to get ahead of that, the counterfeiting.  It's tough to do," Herb Rosin, Director of Safety & Loss Prevention of Lewis Drug said.

The staff at Lewis Drug is well-equipped to combat counterfeiters. Thanks to a lot of training, employees know how to spot water marks. Some bills now have holograms. For bigger bills, they use a counterfeit detection pen.

"It'll turn dark, dark color on a counterfeit bill, and it'll be a light yellow on a regular bill," Rosin said.

You may notice counterfeit bills during the holidays, but police say there really is no one time of the year when you will see them more.

"It's all just kind of random. It seems in the past when we've had counterfeit bills, they happen in a flurry," Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Dept. said.

Hakl said she takes her time and counts the money out, and feels ready for any situation.

Brady: So, counterfeiters aren't going to make it through your line then?
Ruby: " I hope not!"

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