NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Counterfeit cash is circulating through the Tri-State Area with hundred-dollar bills so realistic they can pass as the real thing. In fact, you may have some and not even know it.
The criminals are banking on the fake Benjamins created in New York City and cashed in at malls in Connecticut and New Jersey.
“They use a $1 bill and they chemically treat it and they take all the ink off of it. So this is just a white sheet of paper now,” Stamford Police Captain Richard Conklin told CBS2’s Jessica Schneider.
The genuine paper makes it possible for the bills to pass the pen test at most stores. They take the whitwashed paper and reprint it as a $100 bill.