Niagara County sheriff warns of counterfeit bills passed in Lockport, Newfane

PHOTO FROM NIAGARA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT The Niagara County Sheriff's Department is warning of counterfeit bills like this one being passed in Lockport and Newfane.

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – Several counterfeit bills have been passed at businesses in Lockport and Newfane, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department warned Wednesday.

The counterfeit currency is typically $50 and $100 U.S. bills, and have Asian writing on the front and back. According to the sheriff’s department, the suspects purchased the bills online.

The bills appear to be prop money used in television and movies.

The sheriff’s department is investigating the several fraudulent attempts and is asking for the public’s cooperation in the matter.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau, investigator Brett Thompson, at (716) 438-3332 during business hours or at brett.thompson@niagaracounty.com. Tips can also be left on the sheriff’s department’s 24-hour line at (716) 438-3393.

PHOTO FROM NIAGARA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Department is warning of counterfeit bills like this one being passed in Lockport and Newfane.

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