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Union City police warn residents of counterfeit bills distributed in area

Counterfeit bills passed in Manistee Co.
Posted at 1:02 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 13:02:55-05

UNION CITY, Mich. — Union City police are warning residents of counterfeit money being distributed in the area after complaints from businesses and a private seller over the past week.

The department, along with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant on 8 Mile Road on Feb. 12 related to the complaints.

They seized counterfeit money, along with goods purchased with counterfeit money, and charges are pending.

Anyone who suspects they’ve been given counterfeit bills – which were passed in all denominations – may contact the Union City Police Department at 517-741-9191.

These bills lack the security features seen in higher denominations and are printed on regular paper.

Actual currency is printed on a special paper not publicly available and contains red and blue threads embedded in the paper.

Markers can also be purchased to test for validity.