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Counterfeit money passed in Plymouth

January 3, 2011

PLYMOUTH — At least two “very high quality” counterfeit $100s were passed at Plymouth businesses last week.
Plymouth Police say the fakes were printed on $5 bills which had been altered through “bleaching” them.
The bleaching process removes the ink so that the picture of the $100 bill can be photoshopped into the bleached $5 paper. Since it is still printed on U.S. currency paper, it will pass the “pen test” typically used to detect counterfeit money. However, if the counterfeit $100 bill is held to the light, the watermark will be Abraham Lincoln (the watermark for a $5) instead of Benjamin Franklin (the watermark for a $100).
The watermark can be found on the right side of the front of the bill. Also, the thread embedded in the currency paper is different in different bill denominations; so the feel of the $5 bill should be different from the $100 bill.
People who handle money constantly, like bank tellers and cashiers, typically feel a counterfeit bill instantly if the paper is wrong. Anyone with information about the counterfeit money is asked to call Plymouth Police at 574-936-2126.

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