Police report counterfeit $20, $100 bills in Mount Airy area

April 04, 2002

Counterfeit $100 and $20 bills have circulated in the Mount Airy area recently, according to a warning issued by Maryland State Police at Westminster.

At least two phony $100 bills have been used, the most recent yesterday, said police, who are working with the Secret Service. Other suspected counterfeit bills reportedly have been rejected by businesses, including the bogus $20.

Police have a counterfeit $100 bill, which they said appears to have been printed on a color-copying machine. Perpetrators tried to duplicate watermarks by drawing Benjamin Franklin's face on the reverse side of the bill, which has the serial number AF96425414B.

Counterfeit detection pens are available at office supply stores. Police asked that anyone who sees a suspect try to safely obtain a description of the person, vehicle and license plate number, and call the barracks at 410-386-3000.

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