The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 12, 2013

Counterfeit bills deposited in Fayette

Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler is urging area residents and business owners to take a second look at $20 bills they are handed.

Kessler said his office learned Monday that several counterfeit $20 bills were deposited at a local bank.

When deputies contacted the U.S. Secret Service office in Charleston, they discovered that additional reports of counterfeit bills had been made from the area the previous week.

No suspect had been identified Tuesday, and Kessler said officials believe the bills were uttered by someone traveling through Fayette County and not by local residents.

“These counterfeit bills appear to be of fairly good quality on first impression,” said Kessler. “When they are examined closely, however, their fraudulent nature is fairly easy to detect.”

Kessler said that instead of relying just on the detection pens that store clerks use, it’s better to hold the bills up to the light to check for the “ghost image” in the lower right-hand corner of the face side of the bill.

Kessler said anyone with information may contact his office at 304-574-4216, Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867 or visit the Fayette Sheriff’s Department Facebook page or website, http://


Text Only
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Web Extra