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Fake bills were reported by Alpine Bank in Aspen

Jill Beathard
The Aspen Times

Counterfeit bills that were reported to Aspen police Friday were all deposited by local businesses at Alpine Bank in Aspen, an officer said Saturday.

The seven phony $100 bills were deposited between Tuesday and Friday, said Sergeant Mike Tracey. The investigation has since been turned over to the U.S. Secret Services, which is the organization tasked with investigating counterfeit cases.

“At this point, there are no suspects,” Tracey said.

Tracey said he has only heard of one or two businesses in Aspen catching a fake bill before it gets to the bank. Banks are more experienced in dealing with counterfeits, although most businesses do have marking pens that test a bill’s authenticity, he said.

“It’s not that hard to take a minute and check,” Tracey said.

The pens can be purchased at most office-supply stores, according to a statement from the Police Department, which added that businesses suspicious of someone trying to use a fake bill should notify police.

The department’s non-emergency number is 970-920-5310.


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