No more cold and hard counterfeit money
Local authorities are once again alerting the public to the counterfeit money circulating.
New York Mills Police said they recently arrested a man from Utica after allegedly smuggling counterfeit money at a local gas station. Officers were called to the local Cliff Market on Commercial Drive after a customer paid the cashier with what police called a fake $ 50 bill. Ultimately, a description of the man and his vehicle was given to police and soon after he was arrested, police said. The man, Rafael Morales, 32, of Utica, was found in possession of three other fake 50-year-olds, police said. He was charged with one count of the misdemeanor of possession of a counterfeit instrument in the third degree.
Police in Oneida Town last week warned the public against the circulation of fake money. These particular bills had words’Copy money‘written on it in fine print that police say could be used to warn potential victims.
During the New York Mills incident, police told WIBX that the invoices had several clear indicators that would set off a red flag as to their authenticity. First, there was no safety thread (that thin, inlaid strip that you can see running up and down, if you hold it in front of a light). Second, there was an issue with the appearance of the watermarks. And these notes “looked different” from a typical bank note, Chef Bradley Fanklin told us.
Finally, the print on the back of one of the four fake 50’s that was confiscated was actually backwards. Another dead gift, Franklin said.
So why did the cashier accept the bill, especially if it didn’t “look” right to her?
Somehow, when the cashier marked the banknote with a counterfeit detector pen, he marked it as a genuine banknote, he said. After further reviewing the bill, store staff decided to call the police.
On Facebook, New York Mills Police advised:
We would like to warn everyone that counterfeit banknotes have been used frequently over the past few weeks. Be sure to check any major currency you might come across and don’t accept anything that you think might be counterfeit.
Keep in mind that “big” currency does not only mean the 50s and 100s. In the oneida town police alert mentioned above, the fake banknotes transmitted included hundreds, but also fake 20 dollar bills.