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Counterfeit currency found in TomahawkSubmitted: 11/13/2017
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

Counterfeit currency found in Tomahawk
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk could be the home to the latest scam artist.

Local businesses have noticed a problem with fake dollar bills.

"When you touch it, you know for sure that it's fake," said Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins.


Elvins is currently investigating two cases of counterfeit currency.

"If you're busy as a cashier, you may not [notice]," said Elvins.

The two fake bills that have been reported were originally used as movie props. However, Elvins believes someone in Wisconsin purchased the bills online.

"[Doing] an internet search on it discovers you can buy it anywhere," said Elvins.

Even popular sites like Amazon sell the fake bills, but if you take your time and examine the money, you can notice quite a few differences.

"The figure, portrait, on the front it is different than the actual one," Elvins said. "Usually they are pouting or angry or duck lips or something different [from a real bill]."

Expert money collector Robert Augustine agrees.

"His portrait doesn't look right. His eyeballs are bugging out at me," Augustine said while looking at the fake bills.

Augustine owns Augie's Collectables in Tomahawk, where he handles old, new, and fake money on a daily basis.

Even though the fake money feels heavier, it weighs the same.

"It weighs exactly the same, nine-tenths of a gram," said Elvins.

Augustine wasn't shocked to find out some people didn't notice the bills were fake.

"If you take a quick glance at it, it just kind a looks real," he said. "It has the same colors as a real one does."

Tomahawk Community Bank head teller Karen Revolinski says there are two counterfeit tests they use when handling cash.

"We can run all the currency through [a machine], and if there's a counterfeit in that, then it will reject it," said Rovolinski.

Revolinski also has a special pen to test the ink on the bill.

"If it comes back dark on the bill, then they know it's counterfeit," she said.

Elvins says he has an idea on a suspect but it's still too early to tell.

Elvins said the first incident used a $20 bill and the most recent one used a $100 bill.

If you believe you have come across any fake money, you should contact your local police department.

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