Funny Money, Not So Funny

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Several Basin business have been hit by fake money and police say they've seen a rise in the number of counterfeit cases over the last month.

"One dollar, five dollar, twenty dollar, fifty, and hundred dollar bills are showing up," said Detective Harvey Enriquez who says he deals with fake bills all the time.

"We're finding out they're coming out more lately," said Detective Enriquez, "Counterfeit money is out in the local area of Odessa and surrounding cities."

Criminals caught forging money can face two to ten years in jail and up to ten thousand dollars in fines. Detective Enriquez wants local business to be on the lookout for the phonies, he says one way to tell is by rubbing a bill on a white piece of paper. Fake bills won't transfer ink, real bills will.

He also warns about trusting counterfeit pens completely, he says sometimes they don't work, but the best defense for business is to turn away any bill they feel is fake.

"Don't accept money if you have any doubts that the money isn't real, you have that right as a merchant to turn away money," he said.