Police warn of fake money being passed through Decatur

Courtesy of Decatur Police Department
Courtesy of Decatur Police Department

Decatur Police have issued a warning about fake money being used locally.

Posted: Oct 11, 2018 1:42 PM
Updated: Oct 15, 2018 12:57 PM

Decatur Police issued a warning Thursday about fake money being used locally. 

The counterfeits look like real dollar bills, but police say they're only for use in movies. In fact, the bills actually say "motion picture use."

These are not legal, and are mostly being seen with $20 bills, however, they can come in 100s too. Police say people should carefully inspect their bills and if you find a fake bill, call 256 341-4600.

Decatur Police Department said the fake money is legal and easy to buy online. It just becomes illegal when someone tries to spend it. This problem could mean bad things for local businesses, not just here in Morgan County, but across the Tennessee Valley. A Decatur restaurant server said if servers don't catch counterfeit money, they have to pick up the tab.

"It would go directly out of the server's pocket," said Emily Carlson.

Some business owners said that counterfeit pen isn't always reliable, but lucky enough for businesses in Decatur, the stage money floating around has "replica" and "this is not legal tender" written on it.

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