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Counterfeit bills found in East Liverpool and Austintown

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Police departments in two Valley communities are investigating the discovery of counterfeit bills.

East Liverpool Police Detective Greg Smith tells 21 News that his department began receiving reports of counterfeit money about a week ago.

Smith says the fake bills have been used at local stores such as Giant Eagle, BP, and Bricker's Market. Police are warning businesses that more counterfeit bills may be circulating.

Police don't believe the situation is under control yet, and have no leads as to the source of the bills.

Smith said he believes there may be several counterfeiters because some of the bills are made on different types of paper with different serial numbers. Police are seeing poorly made, differently sized bills in $5, $10 and $20 denominations.

On Tuesday, Austintown Police say they were called to Raccoon Road gas station where a woman had paid a bill with a counterfeit twenty dollar bill. 

The woman told police that she didn't know that the bill was a fake. Investigators don't have any evidence that the bill is related to those being circulated in East Liverpool. Police say the bill was poorly made.

Officers say it's possible that the bill may have been in circulation since a small counterfeiting operation was broken up in Youngstown a few months ago.

Police plan to turn the phony twenty over to the Secret Service who can track the serial numbers to possibly find out who created the bill.

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