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Counterfeit Cash In The Falls

On Friday, the Wichita Falls Police Department Financial Crimes Unit released a memo to inform residents and businesses about counterfeit cash circulating around the city.   

Over the last couple of months area businesses have received counterfeit $10, $20 and $100 bills.

Newschannel 6 talked with businesses in Texoma about the increasing problem.

"To my knowledge, we have never received a counterfeit bill,” said Brad Wetherbee, Owner of Finishing Touch store. “Hopefully we can continue our track record."

But businesses like Whiskeyta Club were not as lucky. Last month, a man was arrested for forgery after he used two counterfeit $100 bills to buy drinks at their establishment.

Newschannel 6 reached out to the business about the incident. The owner did not want to talk on camera, but told us they are happy police found the person responsible.

On August 4, First National Bank Located off Kell Boulevard received five $100 bills. Management said the holiday season is when they receive the most counterfeit cash.

A gift Wetherbee said he does not want to receive.

Officials at First National Bank said some counterfeit bills can bypass pen and machine inspection, if washed out and reprinted. However, they said best practices are to verify the bill by inspecting the bill for features and feeling the collar of the face.

The bank advises anyone person or business that comes across a counterfeit to keep it and turn it in to the local police department.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6
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