POSTED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 10:14pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 10:20am
HENDERSON — Leiutenant Craig Sweeney with the Henderson Police Department tells KETK it all started on March 8th -- when a nearby bank called them saying someone was making an IRS refund deposit with fake 1$00 bills.
"We went down there...talked with the individual...he told us where and when he cashed his check. We verified it...we got copies of the check," Sweeney said.
That's what led investigators to the next piece in their puzzle -- the Henderson Walmart.
"Told them what was going on and they researched the issue and they said a large number of $100 bills had been brought into the store -- the customer service desk...people wanting to send out Moneygrams or money orders to other locations," Sweeney said.
And they discovered that most of the counterfeit bills came from one Henderson man. The strange part is -- he's 79 and claims he didn't know the bills were counterfeit. Which Sweeney says is possible -- because the elderly are often targets of schemes.
Sweeney says the U.S. Secret Service is involved with the investigation as well. Together they've recovered around $10,000 worth of the fake hundereds so far in various places in Henderson.
Sweeney says it looks like a lot of work went into making them seem real.
The watermark visible when you hold it up to the light appears to be there...no serial numbers are the same...and the special pen retailers use to test the legitimacy of a bill wrongly shows the bills are real.
"It'd be kind of nice to know where these are coming from. Which is the aim of the Secret Service to put a stop to it," Sweeney said.
Over in Henderson today, we spoke with several business owners who were pretty concerned about the bills.
One man who works a register just wasn't sure what to do about a bill that he suspects might be phony...
And another business owner says she's not accepting any hundreds until the whole thing is resolved.