Fake Cash Problem Persists In Westerville


UPDATED: Thursday November 29, 2012 5:49 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fake cash continues to be a problem in one central Ohio community despite several arrests.

Police in Westerville have arrested two people for trying to pass counterfeit cash.

Detectives said that they did not believe the arrests were tied to a string of incidents that have been occurring in the city. They are working to track down one person believed to be tied to five cases of passing counterfeit cash.

Police said earlier this week, Denver Johnson Jr. tried to make a purchase at a Kroger store using two counterfeit $20 bills. The arrest comes a few weeks after Lashon Maupin was arrested for using a fake $100 bill at Marcs.

At Roush Hardware, checking customers out also means checking for counterfeit cash.

“Some people don’t realize they have a counterfeit bill until we mark it,” said Blake Lacich of Roush Hardware.

Side by side, counterfeit money looks almost identical to real currency.

That’s why detectives said that it is important for consumers and businesses to know what to look for.

“If it is a $5 bill that they washed and made a $50 bill, there is still a stripe in there that says $5, and there is a hologram they can’t get rid of, either,” said Westerville police Lt. Paul Scowden.

Scowden said that a lot of the fake money the department is seeing has been washed, and so a detection pen does not work.

That’s why Scowden said that business owners need to take a closer look at cash and their customers.

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