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Police: Bogus money being circulated in New Mexico, Arizona

Posted at 10:14 AM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 13:36:28-04

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Authorities in New Mexico and Arizona are warning the public about counterfeit money that is being passed around.

Roswell police say multiple local businesses have been victimized the past few days when fake bills in denominations ranging from 10s to 100s were used to purchase items.

In Arizona, Mohave County Sheriff's officials say bogus currency has been passed in Lake Havasu City the past few weeks.

Investigators believe the counterfeit bills in both states are coming from or being produced by the same source.

They say all of the bills have what looks like oriental writing in a reddish color on parts of them.

The writing has been scratched out on some bills.

In addition, authorities say the fake bills are slightly smaller than legitimate folding money.