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Counterfeit bills popping up in the Midlands
Wednesday, June 15, 2011


WINNSBORO, SC (WIS) - Three women are charged with using counterfeit money around one Midlands town, and investigators believe some of the fake cash was made in Columbia. Police are now looking for a fourth person passing around the phony bills.

"It looked real," said Joseph Geddings, who sees a lot of cash come across the counter at JD's full service station in Winnsboro.

But Geddings wishes one particular bill, a fake 20, had never made it into his register. "They're smart," said Geddings. "They come up to a full service station, my boy goes out there and pumps the gas, he hands me a 20, I think nothing about it and stick it in the register."

Big mistake. After ringing out another sale, Gedding gave another customer the fake bill. Police were alerted when that customer used it somewhere else. "I've been in business four years, first time," said Geddings.

Officers are checking to see if the phony money Geddings received is connected to other forgery attempts in town.

Police arrested Nicole Davis and Lawanda Turner for buying $1,200 worth of goods using fake $100 bills at Walmart. The cashier never checked the bills.

More counterfeit bills popped up at Jackie's Package Store and a Sonic drive-in. Police say Roxanna Young attempted to buy breakfast at Sonic with a fake 20. All three women claim they received the money from someone in Columbia.

The secret service is investigating. Agent Michael Williams says there are tools that help prove money is fake. "If counterfeit is manufactured with regular paper, then it's actually going to turn black," he said.

Also, the man on the dollar bill should be the same image seen in the watermark under light. The numerical numbers on $10, $20, $50 bills changes from copper to green.

Geddings plans to be more careful. "I think we'll be on our toes more," he said.

Investigators say if you discover that you have counterfeit money, just go to a local bank or the police station to report it. It's against the law to spend it while knowing it's fake.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14908991

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