The Commerce Journal

April 5, 2013

Counterfeit bills floating around Commerce

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — A stream of counterfeit $5, $10 and $20 bills are making their way through Commerce.

On Friday, the Commerce Police Department was contacted by a local bank about the counterfeit currency; and since have seen many more of the bills around local businesses.

According to Alex Suarez, community resources officer for Commerce PD, this is an unusual case since most forgeries are of $50 and $100 bills.

“These are really good copies,” he said, but added that if held to the light, the counterfeit bills do not have the watermark or the security stripe when held up to the light.

Suarez said even though the currency is small, the amount of counterfeit bills out there are beginning to add up.

“Businesses may unkowingly give it out to a customer or a bank,” he said. “The businesses are then at a loss for that amount that is detected to be a counterfeit.”

Suarez is asking that if a business is handed a counterfeit bill, to please contact Commerce PD with a description of the person or persons, plus any vehicle description and liscense plate as well.