BREAUX BRIDGE, LA (KADN)- Grocery stores, gas stations, and casinos in the Breaux Bridge area have all been falling victim to customers using fake dollar bills.
The Breaux Bridge Police Department needs help to find two people who allegedly passed counterfeit bills in local businesses.
The next day, a white female allegedly passed a fake $50 dollar bill at Hebert's on South Main St.
Lieutenant Martin Cormier, a detective, said that those with fake bills are targeting businesses with younger cashiers and cashiers that can be easily distracted.
“They’re distracting the cashiers, they're distracting the business owners, either through conversations or having someone else come in and distract while they slipped the bill through the process of purchasing anything they have,” Cormier said.
People are paying with fake $20s, $50s, and $100s, and most times when they pay, they’re usually mixed with real ones.
“This is a weekly thing this is not an isolated incident. It happens more often than people realize,” he said.
If you have a bill that you think is fake you may want to check for three things. First, hold your bill towards the light to see if there’s a security strip. Second, feel the texture of the bill to ensure you feel the ridges on words and numbers. Third, check all images on the bill to make sure it’s not blurred.
“Something is thrown off on a bill, how it looks, feels. (They) need to be cautious about those things when, when you're exchanging deals, especially those who are not familiar with that. You need to be a little bit more cautious when you're taking bills,” he said.
If you are caught purchasing an item with a fake bill, you will be facing a felony offense.
“They will be charged with the monetary instrument of abuse and people believe that. “Well, I didn't know my bill was fake” you could still be charged with this. It is what it is,” he said.
Anyone who is caught using counterfeit bills can face up to 10 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.