Police warn of counterfeit $100 bills in circulation on St. Croix
Published: September 11, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Residents and business owners are being advised of a number of counterfeit bills found in circulation on St. Croix.
V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said Tuesday that police officers assigned to the department's Insular Investigation Unit are alerting the public to be aware that counterfeit $100 bills are being circulated on the island, and detectives caution residents not to accept any $100 bill unless they can verify its authenticity.
She said Insular Investigation detectives, who are responsible for investigating white collar crimes, said Tuesday that there has been an influx of reports of counterfeit $100 bills on the island since Sept. 1.
Counterfeit bills have been received at the Divi Carina Bay Casino and at the V.I. Water and Power Authority, and all businesses need to be aware that these bills are being passed around, police said.
The fake bill "looks very real" and business should confirm the authenticity of all $100 bills by using a counterfeit detector machine or pen, according to police. The machines and pens can be ordered online or from office supply stores.
"If you encounter a counterfeit bill, call police immediately and file a police report," Rames said. "It is against the law to knowingly pass on a counterfeit bill."
Anyone with information or concerns can call the Insular Investigation detectives at 712-6100 or 911, or call the anonymous tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.