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Counterfeit currency being used in Wadena area

An example of fake currency. Illustration courtesy U.S. Secret Service

WADENA, Minn.—The Wadena County Sheriff's Office has received information regarding counterfeit currency being passed in the Wadena County area as well as Cass County.

The currency was recently used in Nimrod and turned into a bank in Pine River, according to Sgt./Investigator Amy Ament with the Wadena County Sheriff's Office. No Wadena County business has reported the counterfeit currency yet, Ament said. Ament is working with the U.S. Secret Service on the matter.

According to a press release from the The U.S. Secret Service via the Wadena County Sheriff's Office, there are a couple ways to determine if the currency is counterfeit, one is that counterfeit currency has Chinese and/or Cyrillic writing printed on the front of the note; and/or counterfeit has no watermark or security thread when held up to the light.

Anyone who is in possession of this currency is asked to contact your local law enforcement agency and the Secret Service and turn it into them. Business owners, should be aware of the issue and make sure employees are checking all currency before accepting.

Anyone with any information regarding this counterfeit currency is asked to contact the Wadena County Sheriff's Office at 218-631-7600.

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