Police unamused by funny money

UPD seeks culprits in counterfeit cash infusion

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

With 11 forgery cases reported in December and three reports so far in January, the use of counterfeit currency appears to be on the rise in Uvalde.

On Tuesday, at 9:58 a.m., Uvalde Police Department officers were dispatched to H-E-B at 201 E. Main St. for a report of possibly fake money. A man who was attempting to purchase items at the store had proffered five $20 bills as payment, at least two of which were suspected to be counterfeit as they appeared to have matching serial numbers.

The man reported he had received payment in cash for work he had done, and offered to have other money in his possession examined.

The details of the case are still being investigated, but UPD Lieutenant Mariano Pargas Jr. recommends using caution when accepting cash payments.

“If you have any doubts at all call the police, and try not to give the person the money back as we can use it to make a case,” Pargas said.

He said convenience stores such as Stripes and 5-Point Markets have experienced incidents, as have local bars and other cash-based businesses.

Though UPD used to see $50 and $100 bills, Pargas reported that now smaller denomination bills are often being passed, of $20 and less. “A lot of stores don’t check $5 or $10 bills, and they can be easier to pass,” Pargas said.


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