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Counterfeit bills on the rise in Kennewick

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Crime Prevention Specialist for the Kennewick Police Department, Mike Blatman says counterfeit money use has been on the rise in Kennewick.

"It happens on a regular basis.  In Kennewick, we've had 20 different cases so far since the beginning of the year," says Blatman. 
Three counterfeit bills were passed just this week in Kennewick, something Blatman says is likely tied to drugs.

Blatman says the majority of the fake money doesn't even make it into the hands of police and financial instructions are taught to contact Secret Service in Spokane. 

Sheri Skinner, the manager at AmericaWest Bank in Richland says her staff is trained to spot fake money.  "We do have training.  Our employees are able to go there  (Spokane) and attend those trainings. And we also do them on a quarterly basis here as well," says Skinner.

Blatman says if you get  handed counterfeit bills, you are out of that money, so it's in your best interest to learn how to spot it.  Charges for using and making fake money range from state to Federal level.

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