Gainesville Police Ask Public For Help Finding Counterfeiter

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An unidentified woman has been using counterfeit bills in Gainesville, according to the GPD. Photo courtesy of the Gainesville Police Department.

An unidentified woman is suspected of using counterfeit $100 bills at local stores in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gainesville Police Department asked the public on its Facebook page for help in identifying the woman. They posted several surveillance photos of her.

Officer Ben Tobias, GPD spokesperson, said they’ve identified five stores where the suspect used counterfeit bills.

“We had a single case like this on Oct. 19 of last year,” Tobias said. “Last week on Thursday and Friday four different cases occurred that we attributed to her.”

The suspect first used the fake bills at Ward’s Supermarket. Last week, the suspect passed counterfeit bills twice at the Winn-Dixie on Southwest 34th Street.

The woman is also suspected of passing counterfeit bills at the Walgreens on Southwest 34th Street and Archer Road, as well as at the one on 16th Avenue and 13th Street intersection.

Storeowners or managers can identify counterfeit bills by searching for a watermark that is visible on either side of the bill when held to the light.

Other ways of identifying a fake bill is by looking for color-shifting ink when a $10, $20, $50 or $100 bill is tilted 45 degrees. The $5 bill doesn’t have color-shifting ink.

Tobias said no arrests have been made in this case.

If anyone has information, contact GPD Detective Matt Goeckel at 352-393-7614 or provide anonymous information by texting the keyword GPDFL along with your tip to 274637.

About Alexia Fernandez

Alexia is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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