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Counterfeit Money is Making its Rounds Again in Chillicothe

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

CHILLICOTHE – Two separate incidents occurred this week in Chillicothe both involving counterfeit monies.

According to police on August 25 a White Male wearing a gray cut off shirt, brown hair being medium build attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at McDonald’s on North Bridge Street to pay for his food and get money back. When the cashier rejected the money she told police, “he didn’t seem too upset and left in an unknown vehicle.”

The next day police responded to another incident at 295 1/2 N. High St. in reference to suspected counterfeit money. Upon arrival, Police were advised that an unknown subject gave him counterfeit money three hundred in fake 100 dollar bills. Police advised that an unknown subject who identified himself as Tony gave him the money and he thought Tony worked at Taco Bell on Western Ave. Police made contact with Taco Bell management who denied any employees being named Tony.

All bills were confiscated by the police department and police are warning citizens and establishments to make sure to use tools to check for counterfeit bills and if one is found contact police immediately.