Follansbee police are warning of counterfeit money being circulated in the city
FOLLANSBEE, W. Va. —
There’s fake money floating around Follansbee. Vito's 2 restaurant and K&J's Skip and Go, both owned by Vito "Skip" Cuttrone, have reported receiving the bills.
Mr. Cuttrone showed News9 what the servers have been finding at the end of their shifts: counterfeit $10 and $20 bills. The bills are hard to spot if you don't know what to look for. First and easiest, a special detector pen will mark an authentic bill with yellow marker; black will show up on fakes. Second, Andrew Jackson should show up transparent on both sides of a $20. Same for Alexander Hamilton on the $10. The real bills have signature blue meshing you can see between the two sides when held up to light.
Cuttrone estimates he's lost about $40-$50 the last two weeks so these bills are in high rotation in the local area. He said he doesn't believe it's malicious and that customers are passing these off unknowingly by way of second hand. Police Chief John Schwertfeger posted on Twitter that Follansbee businesses should be on the lookout for counterfeits.