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Grand Junction Police Finding Many Counterfeit Bills

By Empriss Campbell
By ecampbell@wbbjtv.com

Gazi Ramahi says after 30 years in business he knows how to spot fake money.

"For me what works is I feel it. You can tell between the real and the fake. I've seen some before, I sent it back," said Gazi Ramahi, owner of Quick Stop Grand Junction.

Grand Junction police are warning businesses to watch out for counterfeit money after a gas station accepted a fake $100 bill.

"A lot of the clerks around the area have been accepting the money thinking it was real because of the hologram. There is a hologram inside. Whoever is printing it is probably in a professional capacity," said Grand Junction Police Chief Jason Powers.

Chief Powers says since the downturn of the economy he has seen more criminal activity like counterfeit money.

Ramahi says falling victim to counterfeit money most likely means your losing double when it comes to gas.

"The problem with this is if the cashier took a $100 that 25 gallon of gas, which is 10 cents a gallon, $2.50, so you lost your gas 25 gallon and you lost your money," said Ramahi.

He says it could take weeks to months to recover that kind of money in a small town like Grand Junction.
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