Counterfeit Currency Passed in Calais


(Photo provided by Calais Police Department.)

By Jayna Smith

Calais Police Department has reported that counterfeit bills were recently passed in Calais.  According to Police Chief Dave Randall, two twenty dollar bills were discovered last week at Walmart.  The discovery was made by the store's cash office employees.

This is a new problem to the area, Chief Randall said, and urges folks to contact the police department if they suspect they have received counterfeit money.  This can be determined by a bank or by using a counterfeit money detector pen, which can be purchased inexpensively at most office supply stores.  

According to the secret service's website, US currency paper consists of 25% linen and 75% cotton and contains small randomly disbursed red and blue security fibers embedded throughout the paper.  Counterfeit money detector pens contain an iodine solution that reacts with the starch in wood-based paper to create a black stain.  When the solution is applied to the fiber-based paper used in real bills, no discoloration occurs.  


Chief Randall reported that this case involving the counterfeit money is currently under investigation.