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Counterfeit One Dollar Bills in Butte

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Some people in Butte discover the money in their wallet is fake. Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Franklin, those are the faces you usually see on counterfeit money but George Washington? Now, that's rare.

Butte law enforcement are dealing with a counterfeit money problem and they say this particular case has them scratching their head.

Undersheriff George Skuletich says, "They wanted to buy something I would assume but no we've never seen a one dollar bill counterfeited. It just doesn't make a whole lot of sense."

The counterfeit singles were reported by Hastings on Harrison Avenue. The store manager says the suspect used the money to buy books. The clerk suspected something was off with the bills but they did pass the counterfeit pen test. The money was put in the register and then trickled on down to other customers.

Hastings store manager Jacqueline Welch says, "We've had customers in asking for actual dollar bills to replace them. We've had to replace some of our cash that we have in petty from the fake dollar bills. Mostly the customers just think it's kind of weird."

The counterfeit ones are in evidence now with the police. Each bill has its own serial number and the most obvious counterfeit sign was the botched cut job around the edges

Law enforcement says Hastings is not the only victim of the one dollar bill fraud. In one case somebody tried to take their one dollar bill and put it in a soda machine. That's when they learned they had counterfeit money.

Passing off fake money or altering real currency to increase its value is a federal crime that carries a hefty fine and can land you behind bars for up to 15 years.

Another interesting fact, according to the Secret Service website, anyone who counterfeits a US. coin greater than five cents is subject to the same penalties as all other counterfeiters.