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Counterfeit $100 bills may have originated in Marion County

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Landmark News Service

Although two $100 counterfeit bills were passed in Bardstown recently, at least one of them was unbeknownst to the person presenting it.

Rick McCubbin, Bardstown Police Department interim chief, said two businesses notified police Monday that they had received counterfeit bills. One of the offenders was detained on the spot after the cashier realized the bill was fake. He waited for police and told them he had cashed a check in Marion County and received the bill there.

"He was cooperative so we believe him," McCubbin said.

The Bardstown Police officer who responded to the call asked the man to alert the Marion County sheriff's office and will follow up to make sure he did, McCubbin said.

The other business that received the counterfeit $100 bill didn't realize it was fake until the person passing it was already gone.

McCubbin said police caution any merchant receiving money to check to make sure it's authentic. A simple test with a marker, which reacts with the paper to make a color indicating if the bill is real, is all it takes, he said. If a counterfeit bill is identified, "obviously we want to talk to the person who passes it," McCubbin said.

Counterfeit money is rarely circulated in Bardstown, McCubbin said, but he cautions business owners to be aware just the same. Businesses most commonly targeted by counterfeiters, not just in Bardstown but everywhere, are bars and restaurants on busy nights, McCubbin said. The bartender or waiter is often too busy to check the bills, and the low light common among such establishments helps as well.

 "It's the easiest place for counterfeiters on a small basis to pass one," McCubbin said.