By Jackie Nelson
During February, a handful of counterfeit bills have circulated in the Hesston community.
Reported to Hesston Police Department the bills - $5 and $20 - were turned over to the Secret Service.
“Every once in a while we get a couple of counterfeit bills that have been passed here in town. The bills feel different than an real US currency feels, the paper is the hardest part to counterfeit,” said Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder.
Central National Bank Diane Bonczyk, the office supervisor, pens used to detect counterfeit bills test the paper.
“We mark it with a special pen, and if it is light in color, they are good. If the ink turns black or brown, then we are pretty sure it’s counterfeit,” she said.
In the case of the counterfeit bills discovered this month, Schroeder said the businesses reporting the fraud were unsure of where the bills had come from and were part of regular deposits.
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