Counterfeit bills spotted in area

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Officials seek identity of person of interest
By: 

Times Herald Staff


The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office would like to talk with the person of interest seen in the lower part of this photo. (Facebook.com/ocontocountysheriffsoffice)

The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office posted a surveillance photo Friday of a man described as a person of interest in a recent spate of counterfeit money incidents.

Sheriff Mike Jansen and Suring Police Chief Phillip Christenson issued an alert last week that the sheriff’s office has received several complaints about counterfeit cash circulating in the area. Several local businesses reported receiving counterfeit money.

The fake bills can be in any denominations, such as $20 or $100 bills. These fake bills are labeled “FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY.” However, those words are not quickly noticed, so authorities issued the alert to increase awareness and ask that people pay attention to currency transactions.

This is facsimile money that can be easily purchased online. The fronts of the bills look extremely real. The backs of the bills are more easily recognized as counterfeit.

Oconto County Sheriff’s Office investigators are working with the Secret Service to find those who are presenting this false money, which has also been discovered in surrounding counties. Anyone with any information regarding the perpetrators or the identity of the person in the photo should call the sheriff’s office at 920-834-6900 or the tip line at 920-834-6925 and leave a message for the investigators, Deputy Todd Skarban and/or Suring Chief Christenson.