Detectives hunt man passing phony $100 bills

PALMDALE – If you recognize the man in this surveillance photo, then Palmdale detectives need your help. They say the suspect, described as 20-30 year old black male, approximately 5’7” to 5’10” and weighing 150-175 lbs, has been passing counterfeit one hundred dollar bills at local retail establishments.

According to a Sheriff’s report, the man enters the retail establishment and selects small dollar items for purchase. He then chats up the clerk while handing off the fake hundred dollar bill to pay for the items.

Distracting the clerk with conversation, prevents the attendants from examining the bills, which have been washed and reprinted as one hundred dollars bills, say detectives.

Taking genuine five dollar bills and then washing them to reprint them as one hundred dollar bills is a common practice among counterfeiters, according to the sheriff’s report. By using genuine five dollar bills to reprint on, bills slip by widely used pen devices, which detect counterfeit paper only.

The Palmdale Sheriff’s Station is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man in the surveillance photo passing counterfeit currency. They’re asking anyone who recognized the suspect to contact Detective Hutchinson at 661-272-2456.

Individuals can also provide information anonymously through “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Businesses should be on the lookout for such counterfeit bills by combining ultraviolet detection techniques with training and education for their employees. Through the City of Palmdale’s Business Watch Program, business owners can receive free training on detection and what to do when faced with counterfeit currency. Information on free training can be obtained through the city’s Public Safety Office at 661-267- 5541.