Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, July 31, 2000

Lester Prairie gas station receives counterfeit $100 bill

By Jane Otto

A 19-year-old female passed a counterfeit $100 bill at The Depot in Lester Prairie on the evening of July 26.

The owner of The Depot, said that the cashier told Litzau that the money felt different. Litzau said that she held the bill up to the light and didn't see the smaller picture of Ben Franklin, which should be on the right side. Nor did she see the vertical lines, which appear on the left. Litzau also said that the paper was peeling away.

She then notified the police.

Lester Prairie Police Officer Robert Carlson said he received the call about 5:50 p.m. and with the help of Litzau was able to locate the suspect, a McLeod County resident. Carlson said the female will be charged with theft and could also face federal charges.

The U.S. Secret Service, Department of the Treasury, was notified and is investigating the matter, said Carlson.

The Lester Prairie Police Department has informed the businesses in town that this may not be the end of counterfeit money being distributed and have asked businesses to be on the lookout for the money.

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