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Counterfeit $20 bills making the rounds in St Thomas

- $460 found in plaza @ Tutu Mall
June 2nd, 2017 | Tags: counterfeit bills VIPD fake money Tutu Mall
Residents are urged to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills circulating in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI). Photo: VIC

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — The [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is urging residents to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills circulating in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI).

According VIPD Media Specialist Sakeeda Freeman, on Thursday June 1, 2017 members of the force’s Investigation Bureau travelled to Plaza Extra at the Tutu Park Mall regarding a report of counterfeit bills.

Contact was made with an on-duty shift supervisor, who stated that they discovered several counterfeit bills amounting to approximately $460.

Ms Freeman said the matter has been forwarded to the force’s Economic Crime Unit for a follow up investigation. Law enforcement officials are urging residents to look carefully at the cash they’re spending, and to report any counterfeit bill discovered.

The counterfeit bills were all $20s, with the bottom portion of the bills appearing darker than normal, including the body and clothing of the president. The security thread was not visible and the bill felt thicker than a normal bill, according to a description provided by police.

The VIPD is asking anyone with information about the origin of the counterfeit bills to contact the force’s Economic Crime Unit at (340)774-3942. You can also contact Crime Stoppers USVI with your anonymous tip here.

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