Niagara Gazette

October 1, 2012

Tonawanda police investigate use of counterfeit bills

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Police are investigating a series of incidents in which counterfeit bills were used at restaurants and businesses in the Town of Tonawanda. 

Officers said $5, $10 and $20 bills were passed Friday and one merchant may have handed a bill back to a customer as change. During the course of the investigation, police obtained a counterfeit bill from a merchant and logged it into evidence.

Many of the bills are distinguishable by a thin white margin which appears on the back of a bill. 

Two suspects are in custody and the investigation is continuing with the assistance of the U.S. Secret Service. 

The serial numbers of the counterfeit bills are:

• $5 — IE94070540B

• $10 — IG49427628B

• $20 — JB66568263C