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Counterfeit Money Circulating in Salisbury, Police Warn

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Video surveillance photo of counterfeit money suspect. (Photo: Salisbury Police Department) Video surveillance photo of counterfeit money suspect. (Photo: Salisbury Police Department)
Video surveillance photo of counterfeit money suspect. (Photo: Salisbury Police Department) Video surveillance photo of counterfeit money suspect. (Photo: Salisbury Police Department)
Video surveillance photo of suspect vehicle. (Photo: Salisbury Police Department) Video surveillance photo of suspect vehicle. (Photo: Salisbury Police Department)

SALISBURY, Md.- Residents and businesses are being asked to be on the lookout for counterfeit money being circulated throughout the Salisbury area. Salisbury police have also issued video surveillance photos of the suspects and the car they are believed to be driving.

Salisbury police said detectives are investigating 10 cases, with the first incident occurring on Dec. 15 and the most recent on Dec. 27. Police said the counterfeit bills have turned up in local convenience stores and retail establishments. In addition to the counterfeit currency being used, detectives are also looking into a single incident in which fake movie prop $100 bills were used in a local business.

Police said $20 bills, $50 bills and $5 bills have been identified as counterfeit and passed at local businesses. The associated serial numbers have been identified as KB25356823B, MB54412485C, MA82495055A, HF36431632B, JB253356823D and MF01442192A. In addition to the counterfeit bills, a fake $100 bill was attempted to be passed at a local business, police said. The fake $100 bill was printed with the words, “For Motion Picture Use Only," according to investigators, who said these bills are typically used as prop money in movie, television or stage productions.

Police said a variety of purchases have been attempted for gift cards, money orders, car washing services and food. Suspects have also attempted to change larger bills for smaller denominations, according to police. 

Police are advising residents and businesses to be on the lookout for the aforementioned serial numbered bills, counterfeit currency and fake motion picture money. Detectives are also recommending that residents and business owners examine the security markings on the currency and compare them to other bills.

Police encourage the recipients of any suspected counterfeit or “prop” currency to hold onto it and contact them as soon as it is practical to do so. It is also recommended that recipients of counterfeit currency and/or “fake” money get a description of the suspect or suspects who are attempting to pass the currency, along with descriptions of the vehicles the suspects are driving.  

Detectives are also hoping the public can identify the suspects and associated vehicles pictured in surveillance video photos. Anyone who recognizes any of the pictured suspects is asked to contact the Salisbury Police Department at (410) 548-3165 or Crime Solvers at (410) 548-1776.

Salisbury police detectives have been in contact with the Secret Service concerning this investigation.

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