The Auburn Police Department is currently conducting an investigation into the passing of a counterfeit $20 bill, serial number 77982312C. It appears that another counterfeit $20 bill with the same serial number, was in Auburn within the last month and in the City of Cortland in December, according to the US Secret Service.
There are no known suspects, but the investigation is continuing.
Auburn Police are asking that banks, businesses, and consumers be on the lookout for this particular bill and any other US currency that might be counterfeit. There are some hints to detect fake money...
- compare the questionable bill to a real one (look at the size, and feel the texture and weight)
- look for the security strip and thread
- look for the Watermark
- look for the red and blue fibers
- look for color shifting ink
- and check with a counterfeit pen
The making, processing, or passing of counterfeit money is a Class C Felony under state law and can carry a max of up to 15 years in prison. Under Federal Law, the charge carries a max sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
If you have any information, contact the Auburn Police Department, Detective Bergenstock at 315 258 9880 or 315 253 3231.