Several reports of counterfeit bill usage, according to police reports

Published 8:53 am Wednesday, October 2, 2019

According to recent reports from both the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and the Elizabethton City Police there has been several incidents of persons attempting to pass counterfeit $100 bills at area businesses.

The attempts all occurred last week on September 24, 25 and 27 between the hours of 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The first incident, per a report, occurred at an undisclosed business on Highway 91. The male subject that attempted to pass the $100 bill claimed to sheriff’s officers that he received the fake bill as payment for some property that he sold to another male that he described as “in his mid 50s, brown/ gray hair, and approximately 5’7”.” The report states that no arrest has been made.

The September 25 attempt occurred at a city business. The report says that at around 4 p.m., Patrol Officer David Johnson responded to a call to the business when another male had attempted to pass a fake $100 bill to the business. Johnson confronted the person that was identified as the person who attempted to pass the counterfeit. The report said that person claimed that they did not know it was a fake, and that he received them after selling “an Apple iPad to someone at Citizen’s Bank and received the counterfeit bill as payment. He advised he was unsure of the male subject’s name. He stated he didn’t believe the male was from this area…”

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On September 27, CCSO Sgt. Eric Norman responded to the same city business regarding another attempt to pass fake money. Norman spoke with a person that attempted to pass the $100 bills at the business, and when they were rejected he called the police. The report said that the person received the counterfeit money after the sale of some firearms for an undisclosed amount. He said that he kept the money from that sale, which was all $100 bills, in his safe and did not attempt to spend the money until the day of the incident.

According to Police Chief Jason Shaw, local businesses, especially those that get really busy during certain times of the day or not used to handling money, are urged to be extra cautious when accepting cash of large amounts. People coming in contact with counterfeit money can reach out to law enforcement by calling 911 and making a report.