Counterfeit cash circulating in Montgomery County

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — Crawfordsville Police Department is warning residents of Montgomery County about phony cash floating around.

Lieutenant Bob Rivers told our newsgathering partner The Paper of Montgomery County that he was recently contacted by a local bank about a large number of counterfeit bills that had been circulating.

Lt. Rivers said the phony cash appear to be $20 bills, however, they have Oriential type writing on the front in the upper left corner. Some of the bills are scratched in the areas with the symbols to make them appear real.

"We have found that these bills seem to share the same serial numbers and they do not have the security strip running through the bill," he wrote in The Paper of Montgomery County.

The bills are believed to have been purchased online.

Lt. Rivers said that while possession of these bills isn't a crime, trying to pass them off for payment is.

Counterfeiting is a level six felony and the penalty is punishable by up to two and a half years in jail.

If you know someone who is attempting to pass along these bills, you can call Crawfordsville Police Dept. at 765-362-3762

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