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LPD searching for suspects passing counterfeit bills in the city

The Lafayette Police Department is searching for a group of people they say are passing counterfeit bills. Police are asking businesses to be on alert.

Posted: Apr 11, 2019 12:47 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2019 12:30 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Lafayette Police Department is searching for a group of people they say are passing counterfeit bills in the city. Police are asking businesses to be on alert.

Five similar cases have been investigated since Tuesday, according to Lt. Matt Gard. 

Police said fake $100 bills were passed Tuesday at the Walmart on the east side and the Menards on Creasy Lane.

Officers were then called to three more locations Wednesday. A fake $100 was used to make purchases at the Hobby Lobby on Creasy Lane and at the same Menards from the day before. Gard said a fake $10 was then used at the McDonalds on South Street.

Police believe all of these transactions were related. Gard said the same four people, two men and two women, are seen coming and going on surveillance video. The men were described as thin. No other descriptions, such as clothes or hair, were available. 

Gard said there are several ways to tell if a bill is counterfeit. He said to hold the bill up to the light and see if the watermark face matches the face on the bill. If you see Abraham Lincoln's face on a 100 dollar bill, he said it's likely fake. 

You can also lick your finger and rub it on the bill to see if the ink smears. Gard also said to check the microfiber thread. It will say "USA 50" or "USA 100," depending on the bill. 

Call Lafayette police with any information at (765) 807-1200. 

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