OSHKOSH - Something like an action scene out of a movie took place in Oshkosh Tuesday night.
Reports of thousands of dollars in twenty and one hundred dollar bills floating down a busy city street.
The only catch, the money was counterfeit.
"I pulled over in a panic thinking that they were real," said Nathan Al-Ghetta.
Al-Ghetta did what most any driver would do upon seeing what appeared to be thousands of dollars in cash floating in the street.
"They were flying around in the street, on the sides and a couple of them on the sidewalk."
Al-Ghetta says he grabbed $340 in all. However, it turns out the money is fake. While at first glance it might look real, police say the money lacked watermarks, was made on plain paper and most of the bills had matching serial numbers.
"All the witnesses said was they saw the money laying out on the street, so we're not sure where the money came from, whether it came out of a vehicle or if it was somebody walking by that dropped it on the street," said Oshkosh Police Department Officer Joe Nichols.
The money was scattered from Jackson Street and Murdock Avenue about four blocks away. Nichols says they know other people picked up some of them money and they want them to come forward.
"For the citizens who did pick up the money, if you get caught with it and you're trying to use it, now you're talking a felony."
Nichols says Al-Ghetta and a delivery driver for a local business turned in nearly $1,000 in counterfeit cash Tuesday night.
"The twenties, probably five of them had one, couple of them had another serial number and it looks like somebody just got frustrated and threw them away," said Al-Ghtetta.
Oshkosh police are warning local businesses to be extra vigilant about counterfeit money. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oshkosh Police Department.
Nichols says investigators are trying to determine if the bills are connected to other recent incidents around the Fox Valley.
Printing and trying to pass counterfeit money is a federal offense. Both charges can carry up to a 15-year prison sentence.
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