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These bills, recovered by Artesia police this week, were checked with a pen. The color of the ink should have changed from red to black but did not on this counterfeit currency. Courtesy Photo

These bills, recovered by Artesia police this week, were checked with a pen. The color of the ink should have changed from red to black but did not on this counterfeit currency.
Courtesy Photo

By BRANDON MESSICK
Daily Press Staff Writer
Officers have taken statements from Artesia residents as well as the Secret Service in regard to approximately $500 in various denominations of counterfeit bills that have been circulating throughout the Artesia area in recent weeks.
Although several $50 counterfeit bills have been reported, police say it is mostly $20 bills that have been circulated thus far.
The counterfeit bills’ most distinguishing feature, say police, is that the picture on the bill doesn’t align with the edges of the paper. Both the front and rear pictures on the money, police say, should align with one another and with the edges of the paper. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.