Circulation of Counterfeit Bills Expanding 07-11-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SOUTH HILO PATROL DIVISION
CAPTAIN FRANCIS H. RODILLAS
PHONE: 961-2214
JULY 11, 2001

MEDIA RELEASE

The circulation of counterfeit $20 and $50 bills apparently is expanding throughout the Big Island, police said Wednesday (July 7, 2001)

Counterfeit $20 bills were first reported circulating in Kona last week. But police have started receiving reports of counterfeit bills from several retail outlets in Hilo.

The counterfeit $20 and $50 bills can be distinguished from the legal bills because:

  • They are slightly smaller.
  • They have no watermarks or magnetic metal strip inside.
  • They feel different to the touch.

Police also said that anyone with information about the counterfeit scheme or anyone who receives a counterfeit bill should call the police non-emergency number at 935-3311 or the Kona police station at 326-4646.

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