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Police investigate counterfeit cash

By: Jackalyn Kovac

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. -- Counterfeiting continues to grow across the country. Recently police in Johnstown and Richland Township have seen the crime grown in our area.

"We've had several incidents in the past 10 years, where people are manufacturing the money locally through the use of scanners, printers and copiers," said Richland Township Police Sgt.Mike Burgen.

Advancements in technology have helped those looking to deceive others with fake cash, but there are ways to detect the fraud.

"Every bill is going to have a separate and different serial number on it. If you have more than one bill with the same serial  number on it, there is a good possibility the money is counterfeit," said Burgen.

The paper will have a certain feel and many bills in circulation have specific water marks or security strips.

If you find a fake bill, or believe you have one in your wallet, you can take it to police or a bank.

"If the bank sees it is counterfeit, they are required by law and will seize it. If [police] go and see that it is counterfeit, we are required by law, we will seize it and that person will be out that money," said Burgen.

See if your bill is real or fake:

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Secret Service

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times