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Counterfeit money making its way around businesses

By: WJAC Web Staff and Kerri Corrado

JOHNSTOWN, Pa-- Johnstown police  are asking for public help in tracking down the people responsible for circulating fake cash.

Police said counterfeit money is on the streets of Johnstown and they are still trying to pinpoint who is responsible while warning local businesses.

Police said $20 bills are being used in stores in Johnstown, such as Ciscatos and Carpenters store on Railroad Street and Family Dollar on Central Avenue, have had problems with counterfeit money.

Police said Ciscatos and Family Dollar were hit while Carpenters Dollar detected the money was not real, steering clear of the fake cash.

Police said they believe a group of people are involved in the string of sales, potentially making hundreds of dollars a day, adding they are tracking down leads.

Police said businesses are losing money because the counterfeit money has to be confiscated and asked all businesses in Johnstown to be on alert.

How do you know the money is fake? Businesses can buy a special pen that changes color on fake money and the texture of the bill should not feel like paper.

Police are trying to get the word out, saying they feel there could be more stores that have been hit.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Johnstown police.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times