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“Fake money” may be showing up in the Newport area

Police in Newport are warning the public and local businesses about counterfeit money that could begin circulating in the community after $1 million in fake currency was stolen from a parked car.

Newport Police responded to a report of a car break-in. When police arrived on scene the owner of the vehicle reported that $1 million in “fake prop/movie money” was among the items that were stolen.  The prop/movie money was in $10, $20 and $100 denominations. Although the ‘money’ is clearly marked ‘For Motion Picture Use Only’ the prop/movie money looks very similar to real US currency.

Similar prop/movie money has created problems for local businesses in the past,” according to the police. Police also said that they want to “remind everyone to be diligent, especially in light of the theft.  They warn that everyone should look closely at identifying of any currency you take. Aside from the obvious print warning that the currency is for “Motion Picture Use only,” it will also feel different than authentic US currency.

“The United States places legal restrictions on the reproduction of banknote images.  Those who attempt to pass these fictitious notes as real money face severe consequences under U.S. law,” the statement read.

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