Vermillion merchants report counterfeit $5 and $10 bills

Vermillion merchants report counterfeit $5 and $10 bills by M. Jill Karolevitz Vermillion merchants have reported to the Vermillion Police Department that counterfeit $5 and $10 bills have been used by customers to purchase goods.

The first report was April 9, when a $10 counterfeit was used at a local convenience store. The same store again called the VPD July 5 when a second, similar incident occurred.

�The clerk had just washed his hands and they were a little damp,� said VPD Detective Ray Hofman. �When he took the bill from the customer, the ink smeared from the water on his hands.�

Hofman added that the second bill�s serial number corresponded with the first bill reported.

A different business in Vermillion called the VPD July 18 with a report about a counterfeit $5 bill.

The counterfeits follow the old style of portraits on bills, according to Hofman. Further investigation of the fake bills reveals that the paper is thinner and slicker than real money and �the coloring is not right,� he said. �The detailing is also poor.�

The VPD is working on suspects and has contacted the Secret Service regarding the incidents.

�Any businesses are urged to call the police department if they suspect that a counterfeit has been used to buy goods,� Hofman said.

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