Counterfeit bills used at several Hudson businesses
Sixteen Hudson businesses were presented with counterfeit bills that were seized on Tuesday, Feb. 13, between midnight and 6 p.m., according to an alert from Wisconsin Crime Alert Network.
Three suspects presented $100 and $10 bills in purchases where change was given, the police report said. The suspects are described as a man with blonde highlighted dreadlocks, a second man with dreadlocks pulled into a bun and a woman.
An officer seized a total of 11 $100 bills and three $10 bills.
Hudson Detective Todd Pearson said the majority of the counterfeits are $100 bills with the same serial number A44835161A. This number has been tracked by the Secret Service along Interstate 94 from Indiana up to Minnesota.
Officers were first called to Menards on Gateway Boulevard Feb. 13 for a report of counterfeit bills, according to the police report. More bills were discovered at other businesses throughout the day. A few businesses reported counterfeit bills used over the weekend, according to the report.
Counterfeit bills were presented at County Market and Burger King and turned away, as well as at Toyriffic on Coulee Road where an employee told police the large bill did not pass the marker test.
Pearson said retail businesses should be sure staff check the serial numbers when multiple $100 bills are presented to make sure they aren't the same, and to look for the watermark and security strip on the bills.
"These bills that are being passed are really not good," Pearson said.
Some of the bills are not cut evenly and the ink is bleeding out, he said.
A Facebook post to the Hudson Police Department warned of the counterfeits, telling people to verify bills, and call police if they need assistance with verification.
"Check for the watermark, security thread, the feel of the paper, and that the president matches the bill," the post said.
Pearson said the police department is planning a presentation on the issue on social media, and the Secret Service is also willing to do presentations for businesses. Interested businesses can contact Pearson at 715-386-4271.