Counterfeit $100 bills show up at Sumner County ice cream shops - WKRN News 2

Counterfeit $100 bills show up at Sumner County ice cream shops

Posted: Updated: March 28, 2014 05:12 PM
SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. -

Fake $100 bills are showing up in Sumner County, and they are almost impossible to recognize.

The counterfeit hundreds have been passed at Baskin Robbins shops in Hendersonville and Madison.

The store owner, Teresa Gravelle told News 2 an elderly couple used the fake cash to purchase a couple of ice cream cones, but she suspects they were given the $100 unknowingly.

"I'm out $100, plus the product that we gave the customer," Gravelle said.

The cashier took the bill and the couple left. Later, the store owner was looking through the cash and suspected it was bogus.

Hendersonville police say counterfeit bills being passed to businesses happens in spurts.

This time, $5 bills had been bleached white and then re-printed with the $100 Benjamin Franklin face.

Hendersonville police told News 2 that by holding a bill up in the light, the correct denomination can be seen embedded in the bill.

Since these bills were originally $5's, they fool the pens stores use to spot counterfeits.

"Most businesses are going to think this pen is going to safeguard you while with this type of counterfeiting, it is not," said Gravelle.

She told News 2 she has kept the bill to warn other business owners. She'll turn it over to a bank which will turn it over to the Secret Service to be destroyed.

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