Several businesses receive fake bills

October 31, 2014

Capt. Saad checks out the counterfeit $20 bill found at Buccilli’s in Clare last week.

Capt. Saad checks out the counterfeit $20 bill found at Buccilli’s in Clare last week.

By Pat Maurer

Clare City Police are alerting residents to counterfeit bills being used at Clare businesses.
A Facebook post warns, “Please be aware that we are now seeing $20 bills being passed in the City of Clare.”

An alert last week also warned of counterfeit $5 bills being passed in the area and police said one of those fake bills was discovered at Walgreen’s on McEwan.

Clare Police Captain Dave Saad said Wednesday that another fake $5 bill was found at the Marathon station on the east side of the city and a fake $20 bill was recovered at Buccilli’s on McEwan Street.

Saad said although the counterfeit money looks real at first glance, “You should look at the color. The fake bills are slightly different and since they are made on a color printer, the bills are actually two pieces glued together.”

He continued, “Check the top margins and scrollwork to see if they line up. The paper will feel different and the colors will not be crisp and sharp. The saw tooth (detail in the bill) should be crisp and sharp in the photo and seal if the bill is real. In a fake the photo and seal may look different.”

The notice, posted October 24, says, “Please take the time to look at the money you get either as an individual or business. We must all be vigilant in order to not be a victim. If you are an individual and you are given a bill from a business that you feel may not be real, ask the teller to check the bill and request a different one. Then suggest that they call law enforcement.”

Shown here are two counterfeit bills found in the past week in Clare.

Shown here are two counterfeit bills found in the past week in Clare.

If you are a business, please encourage your employees to look carefully at the money they are taking in. If you think a bill is a fake, follow the following procedure per the United States Secret Service:
1) Do not return it to the passer.
2) Delay the passer if possible.
3) Observe the passer’s description, as well as that of any companions, and the license plate numbers of any vehicles used.
4) Contact your local police department (Clare numbers 989-386-2121 or 989-539-7166) or the United States Secret Service field office. These numbers can be found on the inside front page of your local telephone directory.
5) Write your initials and the date in the white border areas of the suspect note.
6) Limit the handling of the note. Carefully place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope.
7) Surrender the note or coin only to a properly identified police officer or a U.S. Secret Service special agent.

Several of the provisions in the federal counterfeiting law provide for a fine of up to $250,000 and a prison sentence of up to twenty years for the counterfeiting of U.S. obligations and securities. The terms “obligation or other security” include United States currency.

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