The Augusta Police Department is investigating the use of several counterfeit $20 bills at three businesses in the area, according to Lt. Chris Read.

Read said the department took incident reports over the last few days from the Hannaford supermarket on Cony Street, Mainly Groceries on Northern Avenue and the J&S Oil Convenience Store on Mount Vernon Avenue.

The bills appear to be of good quality, with nothing to distinguish them from legitimate currency, Read said, except that they feel different because they aren’t made with the same type of paper used by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

“We want to get the word out to businesses and let them know that these $20 bills are what’s going around,” Read said.

Because it is an ongoing investigation, Read couldn’t offer many more details, but he said Augusta police are following leads and reviewing surveillance footage from the businesses.

Read said anyone with information on counterfeit money should call the Augusta Police Department at 623-2370.


Jason Pafundi — 621-5663

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Twitter: @jasonpafundiKJ


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