South Whidbey Record


Funny money found in Clinton

October 21, 2012 · Updated 5:48 PM

Police seized thousands of dollars in counterfeit bills from a home on South Whidbey this week.

On Thursday, detectives from the Island County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a Clinton home and found $1,600 worth of counterfeit $100 bills, along with computers, storage media and other equipment believed to have been used in its creation, according to a news release.

Methamphetamine and marijuana were also located in the residence.

Detectives characterized the funny money as “good quality with simulated watermarks and security features that are passable at a quick glance,” the new release said.

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said he could not release any more details as the investigation is ongoing. However, he said there may be more counterfeit bills floating around.

“I’m very proud of the fact that we got onto this quickly,” Brown said. “But my primary concern is to alert people so they aren’t duped by these.”

Brown has issued an “e-lert,” an email warning, to businesses alerting them that he does not believe all of the money was confiscated.

The bills did not pass the test with a counterfeit detection pen and he urged merchants to obtain one so they can screen any large bills they receive. To sign up for Brown’s “e-lert,” contact Chief Civil Deputy Wylie Farr at WylieF@co.island.wa.us and designate where you live.

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