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Aspen counterfeit threat bogus

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” An investigation into reports of counterfeit $100 bills being passed in Aspen indicated the money was legitimate, authorities said Thursday.

Concern about the so-called “funny money” surfaced a day earlier after staff members of a local bank said they were uncertain about the authenticity of the currency turned in at the financial institution.

The bank, which was not identified, claimed it took in about $3,000 in potentially bogus $100 bills.



The currency was of the “old style,” said Assistant Aspen Police Chief Bill Linn.

That seemed to lead to some confusion on the part of the bank employees. Newer $100 bills or those that came after the currency redesign of 1996 have different security marks, such as holograms.




The new $100 bills also feature a thread left of the likeness of Benjamin Franklin that is printed with the words “USA 100.” The portrait of Franklin is also much larger than the one featured on older currency.

Linn said because police officers found nothing that indicated a crime had occurred, the bills were returned to the bank.

On Wednesday, the department turned to the local media to help make the public and local businesses aware of the possibility of the fake bills.

Linn apologized for causing concern, but he said police were simply trying to prevent people from being victimized.

“It was a good thing,” he said.

Linn added the bank could contact the U.S. Secret Service to follow up on the issue. He also said the Secret Service offered to visit the community and teach a class on how to recognize counterfeit currency.

whaupt@aspentimes.com


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