The Izard County Sheriff’s Department reported August 5 that a counterfeit five dollar bill was passed in Melbourne. This past week, three additional counterfeit bills were presented for deposit at a Melbourne bank. A ten dollar bill was presented for deposit on August 14, a hundred dollar bill on August 15, and a twenty dollar bill on August 20.
The ten dollar bill felt strange to the bank teller who could not identify the security strip on the bill. The hundred dollar bill, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, was a really bad copy. The work “fake” was hand written on the bill and likely came from Missouri. The twenty dollar bill looked strange to the bank teller did not contain security threads, and the color was of poor quality.
Sheriff Lawrence remarked that several counties in this area had reported counterfeit bills and that we should all examine our money when cashing a check or being given bills when change is made.
News Release, For Immediate Release, August 19, 2013, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203