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Counterfeit $20 and $100 bills showing up in Jamestown

Counterfeit $20 and $100 bills are showing up in Jamestown,  police there say.

At least one phony $100 bill taken in by a Jamestown business had Chinese markings on the front and back of the bill, police said. Other phony bills passed around the Jamestown area had markings that read "For Motion Picture Use Only."

Police said bills are of the type known as prop money used in films and television productions, and are not intended for use as legal tender.

Jamestown Police advised local merchants to always use a dry-mark counterfeit bill pen on all bills they receive to ensure that they are legitimate.

A person who knowingly uses counterfeit money to defraud others is guilty of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, a felony.

Anyone with information about the counterfeit bills may reach out to law enforcement anonymously by contacting the Jamestown Police Department's TIP call line at 438-8477.


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