HAZARD— The Hazard City Police Department (HCPD) is urging local businesses and members of the community to watch for counterfeit money that could potentially be passed around businesses in Hazard.
According to a press release, HCPD received a report that on August 1, around 2 p.m. that counterfeit money had been passed at the Dollar Tree located in the Daniel Boone Plaza Shopping Center.
The suspect is described as a female with average build with blonde hair. She had several children with her when she walked into Dollar Tree and allegedly purchased a Green Dot card with $350 in counterfeit bills. According to the press release, the denominations the suspect allegedly used consisted of 50, 20, and 1 dollar bill variants. The same serial number was used on several of the same bills.
Also on the same day, according to the press release, a counterfeit 50 dollar bill had been passed at a food stand outside of Wal-Mart. The food stand had been set up and operated by members of the Consolidated Baptist Church.
HCPD is urging local businesses to take steps in identify and preventing counterfeit money being passed around. If a business does receive a counterfeit bill or suspect it’s about to receive a counterfeit bill, HCPD urges, to call local law enforcement immediately and do not take the bill.
HCPD is asking if anyone has information regarding this crime, they are encouraged to contact HCPD at 606-436-2222. An anonymous tip can be be submitted through the HCPD app, tip411.com, hazardpd.org, or by texting 847411 with the words “HazardPD” as the first word in the body of the message along with the tip.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.