Jasper Police announced Monday the arrests of three Jasper residents for counterfeiting, using a “washing” process to produce the bills.
Washing was described as cleaning the dye from $1 bills and then printing images scanned into a basic home computer onto the blank notes.
Detective Corporal Matt Dawkins said officers became aware of the counterfeiting when a fake bill was passed at Walgreens.
Police Chief Greg Lovell said authorities aren’t ready yet to release information on how widespread the counterfeit operation was or its dollar value. “It was big enough that we got the Secret Service involved, and they are going to run it by the U.S. Attorney,” Lovell said.
Lovell encouraged Jasper businesses to remain on the lookout for other fake bills.
“While we have arrested this group,” Dawkins said, “there are other people doing this, and they will continue to do this, especially as the economy gets worse.”
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