Local authorities are on the hunt for suspects who paid for items using counterfeit money at a Macon County market last week.
According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, deputies were dispatched to OK Market on the west end of the county on Monday, May 21, where they were told by management a counterfeit $100 bill and two $20 bills were discovered while money was being counted.
An investigation by detectives, which included surveillance video and employee interviews, narrowed down the approximate time the counterfeit bills were passed through the store.
Suspects were established in the case and, later in the week, identification was made.
“At this time, deputies and detectives are attempting to locate these persons of interest for questioning, and charges are pending,” said the sheriff.
Sheriff Gammons would like to advise merchants to be consistent in using counterfeit identifying markers, which are available at the local banks.
Some other things to look for are irregular textures, color fading and missing or altered watermarks.
“If anyone comes across possible counterfeit money, please call the Macon County Sheriff’s Office for assistance,” Sheriff Gammons remarked.