Counterfeit $1 bill takes Lewiston business by surprise

LEWISTON, ID - A Lewiston store was taken by surprise after they discovered a one dollar counterfeit bill had been accepted in their store.

The Lewiston Police Department said Big R was making a payment when a woman counting their money noticed the texture of the bill felt thicker than the others. The bill was confirmed phony with a counterfeit detector pen and taken to police.

"It's the first time I've ever seen one," said
Lewiston Police Department Lieutenant Budd Hurd. "I'm not saying this doesn't happen, I'm just saying it's the first one I've seen in the 22 years I've been here."

Hurd said the bill will go to the United States Secret Service where additional screening and disposal of the bill will take place. Anyone found guilty of manufacturing counterfeit U.S. currency, or altering genuine currency to increase its value, is a violation of the United States Code and is punishable by fine or imprisonment for up to 15 years, or both.