Local police chief warns public, businesses about fake currency

By Cara L. Dempski

GLENWOOD CITY — The Glenwood City police department is warning the public and businesses about counterfeit United States currency passed in the city over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

On November 28, Glenwood police chief Robert Darwin posted several photos of a counterfeit $20 bill on the social media website Facebook, along with a written message indicating the bill had been passed at a local business the weekend prior.

[ememer_proetcted] In the photos posted on the website, the bill is printed on both sides with the words “Motion Picture Use Only” and bears the message “This note is not legal. It is to be used for motion pictures.”

The Facebook post encourages businesses and employees to check every bill accepted, and report any suspicious bills to law enforcement immediately.

Darwin said the business, whom he did not identify, did not file a report when the bill was discovered, but instead brought it to him. He would like to remind the public that forgery-uttering – which covers the knowing use of false U.S. Currency – is a class H felony in Wisconsin.

Likewise, if the bill were presented to a bank, it could be considered fraud against a financial institution, which is also a class H felony.

In the end, though, Darwin said he just wants people to be aware.

“I really just want to tell people to be vigilant,” he finished.

If you have any further information about the incident, or are presented with money like the $20 bill lin the photograph, please contact local law enforcement as soon as possible. [/ememer_proetcted]