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Counterfeit Currency Passed Nearby

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Police warned residents to “use caution when passing and receiving currency,” in an alert posted to Facebook on Tuesday, June 25.

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Police in nearby St. Johnsbury alerted those accepting currency to beware of counterfeit currency via Facebook on June 25. The bills are printed with the word “REPLICA” and do not have the feel of real currency.

The notice indicated “the St. Johnsbury Police Department has experienced an influx of calls regarding counterfeit money. The currency passed is of all denominations.”

Police said the “most significant signs of replicated currency are the feel of the paper used and “REPLICA” printed on it.”

“Police Capt. Jason Gray said the first report was received on June 19; three more incidents came in on Monday, June 24. So far, they have collected numerous $1s, $5s & $10s from across town, and he suspects there are likely more fake bills that have been or will be used,” reported the Caledonian Record on June 25, also noting Gray “said the replica bills are often used in movie productions, and they all have the exact same serial number, regardless of denomination.”

Paul Fixx is editor of The Hardwick Gazette and lives in Hardwick.

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