NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department says they are actively investigating incidents involving counterfeit money, and are encouraging business owners to take care to ensure cash they receive is authentic.
The department, along with the United States Secret Service is actively investigating several cases in which counterfeit $100 bills were provided to area businesses.
Community National Back posted a warning on Facebook last week that the counterfeit money detector pens are not working on these bills.
“Our officers are working in close partnership with the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies to identify whoever is responsible for these counterfeit notes so that they may be held accountable,” Newport Police Chief Seth DiSanto said.
Community National Back says that although the counterfeit bills that are circulating in our area are $100.00 bill denominations, any bill, regardless of denomination, could be fake.