The paper is good, the ink is bad: This is how Cottonwood Police Department described the counterfeit $50 and $100 bills a couple recently used to purchase items in Cottonwood and Jerome.
“It appears the counterfeit money is made using $1 and $5 bills and converting them to $100 and $50 bills,” CPD Sgt. Monica Kuhlt said. “This means, if a merchant is using the counterfeit detection pen to determine its authenticity, the pen will indicate it is a legitimate bill. That’s because the paper used is authentic and that is what the pen reacts to.”