Bismarck police investigate counterfeit $100 bills

2012-02-17T12:43:00Z Bismarck police investigate counterfeit $100 billsBy JENNY MICHAEL | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

Bismarck police say four counterfeit $100 bills were passed at businesses Wednesday and Thursday.

Bismarck Police Lt. Mike Wardzinski said one bill was passed at Red Carpet Car Wash on South Washington, one was passed at Victoria's Secret and two were passed at Target between 10 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday.

Wardzinski said officers do not have any suspects, and the case is under investigation. A report also will be sent to the U.S. Secret Service, which investigates counterfeiting reports.

Reach reporter Jenny Michael at 250-8225 or

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  1. Harley
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    Harley - February 21, 2012 9:21 am
    This may be a dumb question, but I would appreciate an answer.

    What if the person paying with a counterfeit bill does not know it is counterfeit, can they still be in trouble? I mean, let's say a counterfeit bill was not being "caught" and ended up in your wallet, how would you know?
  2. Amanda
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    Amanda - February 18, 2012 2:35 pm
    No Perry No Journey said: "Don't these cashiers use the markers that tell if a bill is counterfeit or not? You'd think Target would."

    There was a case not long ago (in Minot I think) where the bills passed the marker test but failed the other tests. The people making these bills are getting better every day.
  3. No Perry No Journey
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    No Perry No Journey - February 17, 2012 5:30 pm
    Don't these cashiers use the markers that tell if a bill is counterfeit or not? You'd think Target would.
  4. dbumstead
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    dbumstead - February 17, 2012 4:44 pm
    Tribune Reader, there was no point for you to respond like that. Are you having a bad day and feel the need to take it out on others? Navyvet, possibly. I don't know if they can tell what times those transactions took place since they were paid with cash. With a credit card, I'm sure they could look up the time. I wonder if they can look up what cash transactions were paid with $100 or more of cash and then narrow it down that way.
  5. Tribune Reader
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    Tribune Reader - February 17, 2012 3:31 pm
    You know what Navyvet, I bet the Bismarck Police NEVER thought of that. You better give them a call right away. You may have CRACKED the case.
  6. HappyCamper1
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    HappyCamper1 - February 17, 2012 2:02 pm
    Can the cameras that monitor the cash register transactions give a visual of these thieves? I hope so
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