From Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers
LUFKIN, TEXAS (News Release) East Texas merchants have been plagued lately by counterfeit and fake money.
Video posted at 639TIPS.com shows a man and a woman paying for a motel room using counterfeit $10 bills, and investigators need help identifying them.
The counterfeit bills were poorly made but initially went undetected. By the time the motel discovered the deception, the suspects had left the rented room.
The name they checked in under appears to be as fake as the money.
Counterfeiting money use to be a specialty trade but these days anyone willing to risk 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, can print counterfeit money. With the right chemicals, a criminal can turn a $1 bill into a $100 bill, and there are many websites that will sell you realistic looking movie money. The difficult part is making convincing counterfeits and not getting caught.
Businesses and individuals all over the nation have fallen victim to criminals passing movie money as genuine U.S. currency. When the receiver is rushed or distracted, they fail to notice "For Motion Picture Use Only" printed on the face and reverse of the bills. The anti-counterfeiting features of U.S. currency are not a secret; everything you need to know can be found at uscurrency.gov. If you learn how to spot counterfeit and fake currency, and you won't be easy pray. If you encounter bogus money, stop the transaction, hold onto your money, and immediately contact your local law enforcement agency.