Beaufort County experiencing boost in counterfeit money crimes

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Pitt County law enforcement says it isn’t seeing any counterfeit money crimes like neighboring Beaufort County.

Washington Police said they charged 53-year-old Patricia Langley this week after she tried to use a fake $100 bill to buy groceries. According to officials in Washington, there’s been a spike in that type of crime in their area.

9 On Your Side found out how any business can avoid becoming a victim.

Anyone, at any time, can be duped by counterfeit money.

Trever Austin, bar manager at the Blackened Kracken in Uptown Greenville, said they check the bills that come in as much as they can, “We don’t check like I said smaller bills as much, but anything like $50 and $100, we definitely expect them to check.”

They rely on the use of counterfeit detector pens.

Lieutenant William Chrismon, of the Washington Police Department, said restaurants can easily miss counterfeit bills, “Businesses are victims every day by finding counterfeit currencies in their tills because they are busy and they are moving a lot of money around fast.”

The popular counterfeit these days is something called “Movie Money”.

“It looks very, very similar to the $100 bill, but if you look over it really close, you can see it says move prob money,” Chrismon added, saying finding the counterfeit is the first step. Then, you’ve got to make the right next step, which is giving it to the authorities.

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