Fake Cash Becoming a Problem

By Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Business owners have always been aware of fake cash, but the flow of it had stopped for a while.

It's only been recently that business owners are asking why it's coming back.

"We try to mark, we try to do as much as we can, but when cashiers are going too fast, I guess they miss quite a bit," Richard Espaza, La Playa Club owner, said.

It's tough times for the La Playa Night Club. In a span of two weeks the club has lost 500 dollars all to fake cash. The club is trying to do everything they can to prevent the scam.

"The only thing we can really do is every time a 20, 50 or a 100 bill comes in we have markers, and if it turns a certain color we understand if it's good or counterfit," Esparza said. 
But when there are hundreds of people demanding drinks it's hard to keep up.

"But when you get that busy, or here in the club, it's a little darker, some of them have gone through. Now we have added some specialty lights to watch the color," Esparza said.

Fake cash had been a problem for years, but it had stopped. Now, it's come to light again during Spring Break.

"I just don't know how they are making it and getting out, they look pretty original," Esparza said.