Edna police recover counterfeit bills

HOW TO HELP

Anyone who has information about the counterfeit bills or the people making them can call the Edna Police Department at 361-782-5271.

At least three stores in Edna were duped by counterfeit $100 bills within the past two weeks.

Some multiple times.

"Once they go to the business and realize the business will take the bills, they'll send more people there," said Edna police investigator Kent Bubela.

A counterfeit bill also was deposited in a bank, Bubela said, but investigators don't think it was done by a person who knew it was fake. Some people received the bills as payment for services or goods.

Last week, Shiner police officers recovered a mobile counterfeit lab after a cashier at the Dollar General store tipped them off to a man who tried to use fake $10 and $20 bills at the store. In connection, a 48-year-old Kyle man was arrested.

No recent reports of counterfeit bills have been reported in Victoria, a police department spokeswoman said.

Edna investigators don't think the two incidents are related because of the different markings on the bills.

Bubela said the Edna bills are slightly smaller than a legal $100 bill and all have serial numbers ending in 1602 B.

The bills' watermark also is not visible when turned in different directions, he said.

Investigators narrowed their search for suspects, Bubela said, but because of the open investigation, he was unable to release additional details.

As of Wednesday, eight bills were recovered, and the first was turned in to the police department March 22.

Passing and distributing counterfeit money is considered forgery, a third-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment two to 10 years, and a fine not to exceed $10,000 could be assessed.