Customer pays tax service with counterfeit $100 bill

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Safford Police are investigating the passing of a counterfeit $100 bill a customer allegedly paid for tax preparation services.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – A customer used a counterfeit $100 bill to pay for IRS tax preparation at Trinidad Tax Services. 

That is according to the owners and operators of the business and a recent Safford Police report. 

An officer responded to the business at 612 S. 5th Ave. at about 11:22 a.m. on Feb. 15 after the fraud was suspected. According to statements to the officer, three customers had paid with a $100 bill between Feb. 13 and Feb. 15, but the owners didn’t know which one had passed the counterfeit. 

The officers was shown the bill and he reported that he “could immediately tell the bill was fake” and that it was made from regular paper and had a sharp crease fold down the middle. The bill was also larger than a real $100 bill, had no water marks and the blue band was printed on instead of being a separate piece of paper, according to the report. 

The officer noted that a followup will be conducted Feb. 22 in an attempt to obtain additional information regarding the three possible suspects.