Fake money showing up more frequently in smaller bills

BATESVILLE (KAIT) - Independence County investigators want business owners to keep an eye out for counterfeit money, saying there's a new trend: the phony money is coming in smaller and smaller bills.

Investigator Jeff Sims said in the past month, people have tried passing off smaller bills as real. Last week, he recovered a fake $1 bill - the first he'd ever seen in this area.

"We charged a lot of people last year - probably 10 or 15 people that we charged with counterfeit money from $100's to 20's and 10's, and that maybe they're going to smaller bills hoping that they won't be detected and be checked," explained Sims.

Independence County investigators said just about every surrounding county has also taken in reports of counterfeit cash.

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