Funny money spent in Park Rapids
A fake $ 100 bill, designed as a movie prop, was recently adopted from a business in the Park Rapids area.
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (DBA) sounded the alarm on Monday, October 25, claiming that a DBA member had indicated that “fake money for movie props” could be circulating in the region.
Images of the front and back of the bill were attached to the alert, which looks like a US $ 100 bill from a distance but, up close, contains several clues that it is fun money.
Both sides of the bill repeatedly describe it as “incidental money” for “cinematographic purposes.” It also states that “it is not legal tender” and “in the accessories that we trust”. The signatures on the front of the invoice are attributed to the “treasurer of the secretary” and to the “secretary of the treasurer”.
Police Chief Jeff Appel said a bank turned over the counterfeit note on Oct. 19 after it was deposited by a Hubbard County company. Because it was outside of city jurisdiction, the case was referred to the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office for investigation.
Appel said he was not aware of any downtown businesses receiving bogus invoices. However, he recalled that some fake banknotes had been adopted in the summer of 2020.
Sheriff Cory Aukes said his office followed up with staff on a T&M Express, but there are currently no suspects in the matter.
“With the way the tickets are marked and with the counterfeit markers the staff use to verify tickets, this was clearly a mistake on the part of the staff,” said Aukes, referring to the pens used to verify. counterfeit tickets.