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Four Suspects Arrested in Counterfeit Schemes

YAKIMA, Wash.  --  Four local suspects have been arrested in two separate counterfeiting schemes.

Yakima police say in one case, they were alerted by a local convenience store, who noticed someone trying to pass a fake $100 bill.  They aren't releasing names, but Captain Jeff Schneider says the suspects are all in their mid-20's, both men and women.

They could be charged with both making and passing counterfeit bills.  The Yakima Police Department is working with the Secret Service in both investigations.

Schneider says the fake bills can be hard to spot, because the paper used to print the $100's is real.  In both cases, counterfeiters were washing the ink off of genuine $5 bills, then printing the image of a $100 bill on them.

For tips on how to spot counterfeit bills, visit the U.S. Treasury's web site.