On Monday, August 8, 2016, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received 3 complaints of monetary instrument abuse. All 3 complaints originated from businesses, 2 in Bayou Vista and 1 in Patterson. Deputies responding to the complaints viewed $10 and $20 bills suspected of being counterfeit.
Sheriff Mark Hebert advises both businesses and individuals to be diligent in checking all cash transactions. “The pens used to detect counterfeit currency are a good way to start. But, being aware of the safety features in US currency such as watermarks, security threads, and 3-D marks can protect you from a wider variety of ways cash is counterfeited.”
The complaints are currently under investigation by detectives. By learning how to authenticate your money, you can help prevent becoming a victim of counterfeiting. The US Currency Education Program explains how to use the security features in US currency here, https://uscurrency.gov/training.
Sheriff Hebert says, “If the money doesn’t look right or feel right, then there’s a good chance that it could be counterfeit.”
Counterfeit cash bills should be reported immediately to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 337-828-1960 or 985-384-1622.
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