ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC)- More than $1,400 in counterfeit bills have been recovered in east Alabama, where the fake money has been circulated in at least two counties.
After getting several reports of counterfeit cash, Gadsden police officers in the Property Unit swept local businesses to collect any fake bills that were in use on Thursday, May 23.
Police gathered a total of $1,421 in counterfeit bills from the businesses. Sgt. Patrick Chumley said the purpose of the sweep was two-fold:
1. To keep counterfeit money from being re-circulated back to the public
2. To educate store personnel of how important turning in counterfeit money is to an ongoing investigation
Gadsden police also responded to the Jet Pep on South 11th Street on May 17 after an employee noticed a woman was trying to pass a fake $10. The employee kept the fake bill and the woman inside the store until police arrived.