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Ross County Man Returns to Gas Station After Finding Counterfeit in Change

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 – A Ross County man went back to a store after finding a counterfeit in his change after paying for goods the night before.

According to the Chillicothe police department on 2/06/22 they were dispatched to Speedway located at 10 Bridge Street in Chillicothe. According to the man he went to the gas station around midnight the previous night and got gas and change for a 100 dollar bill and then left and went home. The next morning he was giving his girlfriend some money when he noticed one of the 20 dollar bills was fake and returned to the store with the bill.

Chillicothe police confirmed that the bill was indeed a counterfeit after comparing the counterfeit $20 bill to another $20 bill and noticed a couple of differences between them. The names on the bills were different, there was no face outline (watermark) when you hold it up in the light on
the right side of the bill, and there was no security strip going down the left side when you hold it up against the light.

The manager at the store could not confirm if he got the bill at the store in the change, but did say that video shows the man did get gas at the store and asked for change of the 100 dollar bill. With that evidence, the manager replaced the bill with an authentic one, and the counterfeit was taken into police custody.