Fake 'movie' money used at movie theater and other Abilene businesses


ABILENE, Texas - Abilene police are investigating a case they hope will have a Hollywood ending.

APD's Fraud Unit says suspects have made purchases at more than 20 local businesses using counterfeit bills made specifically for use in the movies.

Ironically, one of the places that accepted the funny money was a movie theater.


Detective Gabriel Thompson told KTXS about some of the red flags to look out for.

"The valid $100 bill has a Liberty Bell inside of the ink well that will change from bronze to green whenever you shift the bill by altering it with your hands," Thompson said.

One of the most obvious differences is the picture of the president.

"Ulysses S. Grant (on the fake $50 bills), has a strange look on his face. That's not the look the president is supposed to have," Thompson said.

There are also differences on the back of the bills.

"The fake bill will not have the peak. It's just going to be flat," he said.

But the biggest red flag is the words 'For Motion Picture Use Only,' written on the front and back.

If you come across any of the 'movie money,' call APD at 325-673-8331. Thompson said don't give the fake bills back. Finger prints on the bills could help police catch the suspects.

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