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More fake money, this time a bad Jackson, making rounds in North Bend

North Bend police continue to take reports of people paying for local goods with fake cash.

In the latest incident, a woman used a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for gas at the North Bend Safeway gas station on  Monday, July 4. The transaction was caught on the station's security camera and police are planning to publicize a clip of the video for help from the public in identifying the woman.

"Even if nobody recognized her, it's good to let the merchants know to watch their money," said North Bend Police Chief Mark Toner.

This incident is the third case of counterfeit bills in North Bend this summer. On June 7, two men were caught on security video passing fake $100 bills in two separate transactions at Ace Hardware. On June 9, five more businesses reported receiving fake $100s.

Police don't know yet whether the July 4 counterfeit is linked to the June case, but are concerned that the bill denomination is smaller, and much more common in cash transactions.

"It's not going to stand out at all," said Toner.

To report a counterfeit bill, call North Bend police (425) 888-4433, or Snoqualmie Police at (425) 888-3333. For help identifying bills, visit www.newmoney.gov.

 

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