State police warn of counterfeit $100 bills circulating in Westmoreland

Pennsylvania State Police are warning area businesses that some counterfeit $100 bills have been circulated in the area that appear to defy rapid detection using the standard counterfeit detector pens.

“We’ve had two reports in the past few days of the counterfeits being passed locally. In over 20 years as a trooper, I never saw them get around the counterfeit detector pens like this before,” state Trooper Stephen Limani said.

Limani said one bill was passed this week at Sally Beauty in Greengate Center Plaza in Hempfield.

When a trooper responded and used a detection pen on the suspected fake currency, the marking turned a light yellow.

“If it’s counterfeit, the line usually would be a dark brown or even black,” Limani said.

Limani said the trooper took the suspected counterfeit bill to a nearby PNC Bank, also in Hempfield, to inquire if the bill was fake, “and they said they had a counterfeit one too — with the same serial number.”

“It apparently came through and was detected in a night deposit,” he said.

Limani said both fake bills are being forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service for further investigation.

According to Limani, the fake bills appear to look “much older” than authentic hundreds. The Ben Franklin portrait on the fake bill is much smaller than on a legitimate bill.

Limani said both counterfeit hundreds also carried the same serial number, B22081273B. He said genuine currency has a security thread — a plastic strip — running from top to bottom consumers can see to verify authenticity.

“We’re asking anyone who may see any of these bills to contact us and save video security footage so we are able to learn who is circulating them,” Limani said.

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