Kitsap, Counterfeiting, and You

The Kitsap Way Rite Aid, it turns out, is something of a magnet for money counterfeiters.

Turns out the cops like to catch them there, too. They get help from Rite Aid’s employees, who’ve now helped in the apprehension of suspects in two cases.

In November, a 39-year-old woman attempted to buy $20 in goods from the store with a fake $100 bill. Police arrested her and a 28-year-old man, and found they’d been driving around Kitsap and Pierce counties spending such bills in a money laundring scheme.

And on Sunday, Rite Aid was again the scene of an attempted fake $20 bill passing. An 18-year-old was ultimately arrested, and through suspect interviews, they raided a 12th Street house, uncovering a printer that allegedly produced the bills.

So, if Rite Aid (or elsewhere) again sees counterfeit money, here are some tips to help you determine the real from the fake.

Here’s a previous entry from November for some news you can use:

As you may have seen in Sunday’s edition, there’s quite the load of counterfeit cash roaming around Kitsap.

$20s, $50s, and $100s have been reported to police lately. In one case, it appears suspects were able to keep the paper of a $5 bill but print a $100 bill over it.

But can you spot a fake if it was in your purse or wallet? Here’s some tips on how you can.

First, check out this video with a police detective sergeant — and one of the counterfeit bills used in a recent case.

If that doesn’t help you, the United States Secret Service will. This web site has everything you’ll ever need to know.

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