ASHWAUBENON - Ashwaubenon authorities are looking for a woman who they say passed counterfeit $100 bills at two stores Wednesday night.
The woman visited two stores on the 800 block of Pilgrim Way, investigators said. At the first store, she successfully made small purchases using a fake bill. At the second store, the clerk thought the bill was odd. The clerk called over her manager, who held on to the fake bill and told the woman he was calling the police. The woman then left the store.
The suspect was described as being 5-foot-8, weighing 140 pounds, with long, straight, dark-reddish hair. She was typing on a cellphone when she left the store.
Officials believe there are more people involved in this case. Last week, Brown County sheriff's officials reported a similar case of passing counterfeit money in Bellevue.
Anyone with information is asked to call Ashwaubenon Public Safety at (920) 492-2995.
Police say store owners and employees should know how to spot counterfeit bills. Many of the bills are $5 and $1 that have been "washed" and printed over as $100 bills. Checking bills with a marker is unreliable. Bills should contain the correct watermark – President Abraham Lincoln for a $5 bill and Benjamin Franklin for a $100 bill. Real money also has crisp, clean legible fine print and images. A real $100 bill will have ink at the 100 on the bottom right of the bill that changes color when tilted at angles. Very small printed words also appear on real bills, such as "The United States of America" on the collar of Franklin's coat, and "USA 100" printed repeatedly on the bottom left-hand corner of the bill. Checking serial numbers is also a good way to spot counterfeits as counterfeiters will often print multiple bills with the same serial number.
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