Police investigating counterfeit bills in area

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On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office received three counterfeit money complaints, two from businesses in Genoa Township and a third from a private resident who unknowingly accepted counterfeit money after selling an item on Craigslist. The deputies who responded to these complaints collected counterfeit $20 bills.

The Sheriff’s Office also received reports of individuals who have passed or attempted to pass “For Motion Picture Use Only” fake currency at local businesses in the Livingston County area. The movie prop fake money looks similar to actual US currency but is marked “for motion picture use only” on the front and back. The prop money typically comes in $100 bills, but is available in other denominations.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office encourages local businesses and residents accepting cash to check all currency collected for features such as watermarks, security threads, and 3-D marks. In addition, counterfeit detection pens are useful in detecting fraudulent currency.

These complaints are currently under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau. If you have any information regarding these complaints, report it immediately to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at (517) 546-2440. Report all suspected counterfeit bills to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police or your local law enforcement agency.

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