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Woman sought for passing fake $100 bills in Ashwaubenon


ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - Ashwaubenon Public Safety is looking for help identifying a woman who tried using fake $100 bills at two stores.

It happened Wednesday evening in the 800 block of Pilgrim Way.

One store she was able to successfully pass the fake bill but the second store she was stalled at when the clerk noticed the bill was odd. She contacted the manager who held onto the fake bill and told the suspect he was calling the police. The suspect then left the store.

She's described as black, about 5'8" and 140 pounds with long straight dark reddish hair. It is believed there are more people involved and police are urging businesses to beware and to contact the police with any suspicious bills.

Merchants are reminded that checking the bills with a marker is unreliable in determining the bills authenticity. Many bills are reproduced from smaller denominations such as $1 and $5 bills. The $5 seem to be preferred because they contain a security strip even though the strip is for a $5 bill.

The bills should contain the correct watermark. Commonly, a Lincoln watermark will appear in a $100 bill which has a Franklin print. Counterfeits are normally not printed as clearly as a real bill. Real money has crisp, clean, legible fine print and images.

A real $100 bill will have color changing ink at the 100 on the bottom right of the bill. It should change color when tilted at angles. There are micro printed words on real $100s such as "The United States of America" printed on the collar of Ben Franklin's coat and "USA 100" is printed repeatedly on the bottom left hand corner of the bill. These are even hard to see with a magnifying glass but are security features.

Also checking serial numbers is good practice, especially when the bills being passed may be multiples. Counterfeiters normally will make a run of the same serial numbers on bills.

Ashwaubenon Public Safety is looking to identify the female in the attached photos. If anyone has information they are encouraged to call them at (920) 492-2995 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward; call CrimeStoppers at (920) 492-STOP (7867) or on the web at www.432stop.com.