Cushing – Yesterday, Monday, June 29th, police were called to a local store after it was discovered a store employee had taken at least four counterfeit $100 dollar bills. Later, police were also made aware of a second business that had received more of the counterfeit bills.

According to the United States Secret Service, it is imperative that you always look at the money you receive. If suspect your money is counterfeit, compare your suspect note of the same denomination and series, paying close attention to the quality of printing and paper characteristics. Always look for differences, not similarities. Additionally, the following is also recommended:

    Portrait – The genuine portrait appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat. Details merge into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.

    Federal Reserve and Treasury Seals – On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are clear, distinct, and sharp. The counterfeit seals may have uneven, blunt, or broken saw-tooth points

    Border – The fine lines in the border of a genuine bill are clear and unbroken. On the counterfeit, the lines in the outer margin and scrollwork may be blurred and indistinct.

    Serial Numbers – Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced. The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or shade of ink from the Treasury seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced or aligned.

    Paper – Genuine currency paper has tiny red and blue fibers embedded throughout. Often counterfeiters try to simulate these fibers by printing tiny red and blue lines on their paper. Close inspection reveals, however, that on the counterfeit note the lines are printed on the surface, not embedded in the paper. It is illegal to reproduce the distinctive paper used in the manufacturing of United States currency.

The department recommends checking out the United States Secret Service website at www.secretservice.gov for additional information regarding counterfeit money.

For members of our retail community, if you receive a counterfeit bill try to delay the passer. Do not give the counterfeit bill back to the passer. You should then call the police department.

At this time, the department does not have any suspects. Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to call the police department at (918) 225-1212.

Chief Terry Brannon said, “I want to encourage members of our community, especially the retail members, to look at their money. During our current investigation, the counterfeit pens that we have come to reply on did not work. Here at the police department, we have a device called the Counterfeit Cop that helps us identify money that might be suspicious. Our retail community may have to make an additional investment into internal security to prevent being a potential victim of a counterfeit money passer.”

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