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Washed $5 bills being passed off as $100 in Bellevue

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BELLEVUE, WI (WTAQ) - Brown County Sheriff’s is warning about counterfeit $100 bills. 

The Bellevue Target was victim to three transactions, but a fourth failed. 

The ink on $5 bills was “washed” away and a $100 bill was printed on it.  Sheriff’s Capt. David Konrath says they are looking for four African-American males in their early 20’s.

Video surveillance photos of the suspects were released.  They drove away in a dark colored four door vehicle with possible Illinois license plates.

Retailers normally use a special security pen to check the authenticity of large bills, but Konrath says they have to go further and hold the bill up to the light. 

Security features to look for under the light include the watermark of Benjamin Franklin’s face and the 100 denotation security strip.  Large denomination bills also have special reflective color changing ink.

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