The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 18, 2013

Joplin police issue phony money warning

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Counterfeit bills of varying denominations have been passed at local businesses this past week, the Joplin Police Department warned in a news release today.

Police Cpl. Chuck Niess said $10, $20, $50 and $100 counterfeit bills have been turning up at fast-food restaurants and retail outlets, such as Sonic and Wal-Mart.

Niess said the bills are of poor quality and are relatively easy to detect as counterfeit. They are of the wrong type of paper and have no watermarks or plastic security strips embedded in the paper. He said they are being passed by more than one person.

A 20-year-old man was taken into custody Tuesday at a Wal-Mart store in alleged possession of phony $10 and $20 bills. Anyone receiving a suspicious bill in Joplin is asked to contact police at 417-623-3131.