Requests businesses take extra precautions
By Jon Johnson
GRAHAM COUNTY – The Graham County Sheriff’s Office is calling on businesses to take extra precautions when they receive $100 bills as payment in the foreseeable future.
According to a press release, on Jan. 11 the GCSO received an anonymous tip that an unidentified group made statements that they were attempting to pass counterfeit $100 bills by purchasing items at local stores.
Previously, the Sheriff’s Office took a report on Jan. 5 from a local store that had accidentally passed on a counterfeit $100 bill during a deposit drop. According to the release, the bill was received at the store on Jan. 4 and had passed the store’s detection measures – including being marked – and was then deposited.
The bill was flagged at the bank, however, when a was run through a counting machine. Closer inspection of the bill confirmed it was a fake.
Businesses are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the local authorities.