Counterfeit Benjamins seized; 1 charged

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Counterfeit money is making its way around the county, with at least one person being arrested.

Police Chief Mike McDonald said that they have seized several fake $100 bills as a result of investigation and arrests.

“There are still individuals that are attempting to pass these bills,” he said. “The fake bill has ‘Motion Pictures Money,’ as well as ‘Not Legal Tender’on them. Other than that, they do resemble legal tender.”

In River Falls, Jimmy Phillips, 53, Gant has been charged with possession of a forged instrument after paying for a carwash with a counterfeit $100 bill.

River Falls Police Chief Greg Jackson said Phillips used the bill at the River Falls Car Wash. Jackson said the employees were busy and didn’t realize the bill was counterfeit when they accepted it.

The owners filed a complaint Monday afternoon, and Jackson located the suspect, who later confessed to using the counterfeit bill.

McDonald said he asks that all of the local store and business employees examine the $100 bills that they receive, and contact law enforcement if anyone attempts to pass a fake bill.