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Dexter PD investigating the spread of counterfeit $100 bills

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The Dexter Police Department is currently investigating counterfeit bills being passed around town.

Police say they have seven fake $100 bills that were passed out at local businesses.

Investigators are advising businesses to be on the lookout for any fake bills.

Police say the suspect is washing $10 bills and making them into $100 bills.

According to police, when businesses use the counterfeit marker, the bill comes back as good because it's a $10 dollar bill.

Investigators say criminals are getting sneaky.

Lance Banken at the Hickory Log in Dexter, Mo. said he heard about the fake money on the news. Since then, his staff has been on the look out even more than normal.

"Well, it's just important," Banken said. "We don't want to lose money or cheat anyone else out either when we are giving change back, so it's always important to watch that."

It's the same story down Business 60 at Dexter Queen. The staff say they are aware, and know what to look for.

"On 100 dollar bills, on the left side of the president's face, there's a 100 dollar pinstripe going down the side," Manager Jim Thrower said. "Supposedly, they are bleaching tens. On 10 dollar bills, there are stripes down the right side. We look at that and I just tell the girls to look for Ben Franklin."

Thrower said when you run a business, checking and double-checking things just comes with the territory.

"I mean, it's your paycheck," he said. "The customers are our paychecks, so we got to keep them happy and we have to watch these things for people trying to get one over."

Both businesses say nothing surprises them when it comes to counterfeit money. They say to expect anything.

"They get better and better every year, the counterfeiters do, you know," Banken said.

"Honestly, I'm surprised they haven't done it yet," Thrower said "I mean it seemed like a feasible solution because if you check counterfeit bills with a pen, it will show that it's counterfeit. Someone just figured out how to make the pens obsolete now."

If you have any information about the fake bills, contact the police department.

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