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23 reports of counterfeit money under investigation in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Nearly two dozen cases of counterfeit money being passed are being investigated by Green Bay police over the last two months.

Since April 1st, police say they've gotten 23 reports of fake money being used. Victims include convenience stores, gas stations, church groups and retail stores. The suspects pay for a small purchase with a large counterfeit bill, then receive real money in change.

Police say they are working with other area agencies to develop a crime pattern and work to identify the suspects.

Officers in Oshkosh, Ashwaubenon and Bellevue have also reported counterfeit money being used since April 1.

Green Bay police plan to distribute a “Know Your Money” guide to help businesses spot counterfeit money. Copies are also available in the lobby of the police department. Information is also available online.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call Investigator Terry Tyler at (920) 448-3168 or Crime Stoppers at (920) 432-7867.