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Counterfeit Bills Continue to Circulate in Ross County

Due to the increasing availability and quality of desktop publishing software and printer/scanner technology, the US Treasury department introduced a re-designed twenty dollar bill in an attempt to thwart counterfeiting. The bill features many high tech security features that are extremely difficult or impossible to reproduce using commonly available publishing technology. 1. Microprinting under the border to the left of Andrew Jackson's portrait says "THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 20 USA 20 USA" 2. Microprinting around the first three letters of each line to the left of the Treasury Department seal repeats "20 USA" 3. A watermark embedded into the paper the bill is printed on depicts a portrait of Andrew Jackson that is identical to the one printed on the face of the bill. 4. The 20 on the bottom left of the front of the bill is printed using color-shifting metallic flecks. Changing the angle at which the bill is held will change the apparent color of the printing from gold to green. Additionally, the eagle and shield image is printed with an embossed sparkly ink. 5. A mylar security thread runs vertically 17mm from the edge of the paper. This strip will glow green when exposed to UV light and has the microprinting of "USA TWENTY" along with a US Flag. Instead of stars, the miniature flag has the number 20 printed. 6. The bill is printed using an engraving process that is able to reproduce extremely fine lines (first image). When the bill is printed using a commercial inkjet (second image) or laser printer (third image) the fine lines are obscured and colored ink spray is clearly visible under high magnification. The images were taken at 100x magnification. 7. The back of the bill is printed with two types of optically indistinguishable ink. Under infrared light (second image), a vertical strip of printing on the left side of the note disappears. The inks used to create the bills also have varying magnetic properties. These two features are extremely diff

ROSS – Chillicothe police are reporting two incidents with Counterfeit money over the last day.

According to Chillicothe police reports, they were called to Wendys in reference to a fake 20 dollar bill they found in the safe. Management told police they have no idea when the bill was passed as legal tender.

A second incident happened when a white male attempted to rent a room in the local executive inn. Police noted in the report that the male walked into the hotel and wanted to use cash to rent a room, when the employee was handed a 100 dollar bill he marked it with the counterfeit pen and it alerted the employee that bill was fake. The man then took off running out of the door.

Police noted in the report that the 100 dollar bill itself felt like actual paper and Benjamin Franklin’s head was further left than where it is on a real $100 bill. The serial number on the counterfeit bill is ML82980343B.

Both bills were confiscated and placed in evidence to be destroyed

We have made several reports over the last few weeks of fake bills in Chillicothe, on 2/07/22 we reported a man when back to a gas station after receiving change from the gas station that was fake that story here: https://www.sciotopost.com/ross-county-man-returns-to-gas-station-after-finding-counterfeit-in-change/