Counterfeit bills in circulation
Ten incidents in past two weeks
Counterfeit $20 and $100 bills have been circulating the Chugiak-Eagle River area.
In the past two weeks, there have been 10 reports of phony money at a bank and multiple businesses around town, according to the Anchorage Police Department.
Six of the reports were for counterfeit $20 bills. In four cases, the bills had the same serial number, which APD would not release.
All four cases involving the fake $100 bills have the same serial number.
It’s not hard to spot the counterfeit cash, said APD spokeswoman Dani Myren. The bills are roughly the same size as real money but look and feel fake, she said. They also contain low-quality ink, Myren said.
A manager at the Eagle River Carrs found 12 counterfeit $20 bills when he was counting money at night Nov. 3, APD spokeswoman Anita Shell said.
A white male attempted to make a purchase at the Eagle River Walmart the following day with a fake $20 bill, she said. It is unknown whether or not the bill had the same serial number as the other forgeries, Shell said. The man made his purchase with other money and left the fake $20 bill on the counter, she said.
On Nov. 5, a teller at First National Bank Alaska in Eagle River found a single counterfeit $20 bill in a large deposit from Spring Creek Enterprises Inc., Shell said. It contained the same serial number as the fake bills found at Carrs two days earlier.
Another fake $20 bill with the same serial number was found at First National the following day, Myren said.
On Nov. 7, two counterfeit $20 bills were reported at the Peters Creek Chevron. They, too, had the same serial numbers as the other cases, Myren said.
A man tried to make a purchase with a fake $20 bill at the Eagle River Tesoro on Nov. 9, Myren said. It is unknown if the bill had the same serial number as the others, she said.
APD received three separate reports about fake $100 bills on Nov. 7. Calls came from Carrs, Tesoro and Walmart in Eagle River. Every bill had the same serial number, Myren said.
Another $100 bill with the same serial number was reported at the Peters Creek Chevron on Nov. 8, she said.
No charges had been filed as of Monday, Nov. 18.
“It’s still an active investigation,” Myren said.
Any charges will come from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she said.
While it’s possible more counterfeit bills are still in circulation, Myren said, APD “believes the problem has been neutralized.”
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