Counterfeit money used to buy Boy Scout popcorn brings awareness

Counterfeit money used to buy Boy Scout popcorn brings awareness. 10/21/16 (Christy Wilcox / KSNV)

Fourteen-year-old Joshua Handley was selling popcorn to earn his next trip with his Boy Scout troop when a man asked to buy $40 dollars’ worth. Scout volunteer Katy Cappella said she didn’t know the hundred dollar bill he was using was a fake.

"He was light heart joking sort of," said Cappella.

While this might not seem like much to some, it leaves an impression on others like Handley who wants to be an Eagle Scout someday.

"Be careful who you trust," said Handley.

Brian Spellacy with the Secret Service said counterfeiting is rare in the United States with all the new techniques to print bills. Still, he said it's good to know what to look for on your bill. He said on $100 dollar bills look for colors that shift from copper to green and the hologram on the right of Ben Franklin.

Since last October, they have taken in $1.4 Million dollars in counterfeit money in Las Vegas, but the city is good at spotting it because workers at the casinos, restaurants, bars and clubs are so used to handling money.

Business owners like Greg Simms of Champagne’s has dealt with fake money in the past. Now, he uses simple a machine to detect bills and his bar won’t accept bills greater than $20 to protect his business.

"It slipped passed a couple bartenders and both instances it's been washed out bills," said Simms.

Former owner Kenny Bressers said it's not the business or banks that suffer the most it's often unsuspecting workers. Often they are the ones who are held responsible instead of businesses and banks due to policies in place protecting the business.

"If the bartenders who are getting paid a smaller wage plus tips is the one who is held responsible for taking that counterfeit bills,” said Bressers.

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