Counterfeiters target small businesses in Gautier - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Counterfeiters target small businesses in Gautier

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Gautier Police say they're closer to finding out who's passing counterfeit money around town. Fake $20 bills have turned up at shops on Highway 90 and Ladnier Road.  

Detective Matt Hoggatt said in the last week, four business owners have run across fake twenties. He said the replicas are convincing.

"At first glance, if I saw it on the ground or walking around and noticed it in plain view, my first inclination would be that it is a $20 bill," Hoggatt said. 

Police recommend businesses take extra precautions and check bills for security strips. Business owners can also buy a counterfeit pen to check if the bills are real or fake. Police said when you mark a real twenty, the line will be almost invisible on the money. But when you mark a fake twenty, the line is usually brown or dark. 

"This definitely makes us want to check our money more closely, give us a hundred or a twenty," Big Dog Liquor owner James Dixon said. 

Dixon is lucky. He said the counterfeiters haven't hit his store, but he's staying on guard. 

"I can't afford to give someone a hundred dollars worth of merchandise and take a counterfeit bill from them." 

Police said everyone pays when counterfeit bills are passed around town. 

"Cost the taxpayers money, because now we have to investigate it. It costs mom and pop money because they are going to be out the money when they attempt to buy something when they didn't know it was fake," Hoggatt said. "It costs everybody on Main Street a fake dollar or two when it is passed because they can be victims as well." 

Investigators said they're working several leads and examining surveillance video from stores to find who's passing the funny money.

Gautier Police are encouraging anyone with information on the counterfeit money to call (228) 497-2486 or the Mississippi Coast Crime-Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

Copyright 2010 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Neighbors speak well of the man killed in a trailer park fire

    Neighbors speak well of the man killed in a trailer park fire

    Sunday, July 15 2018 10:42 PM EDT2018-07-16 02:42:58 GMT
    Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)
    Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)

    Calvin Doty was walking from his trailer to the see the maintenance man when he saw something that made him panic. 

    More >>

    Calvin Doty was walking from his trailer to the see the maintenance man when he saw something that made him panic. 

    More >>
  • WLOX- News This Week Barry Lyons

    WLOX- News This Week Barry Lyons

    WLOX- News This Week Barry Lyons

    We talk with former major league baseball player, Barry Lyons, about the Biloxi Shuckers' winning the South Division first half championship and what is in store for the team in the Southern League Playoffs. 

    More >>

    We talk with former major league baseball player, Barry Lyons, about the Biloxi Shuckers' winning the South Division first half championship and what is in store for the team in the Southern League Playoffs. 

    More >>
  • Coast Guard rescues 7 people near Horn Island

    Coast Guard rescues 7 people near Horn Island

    Sunday, July 15 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-07-16 02:10:17 GMT
    The Coast Guard Pascagoula Station rescued 7 people near Horn Island. (Photo Source: WLOX)The Coast Guard Pascagoula Station rescued 7 people near Horn Island. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    On Sunday, the Coast Guard rescued seven people from a capsized boat approximately 4 miles east of Horn Island, Mississippi. 

    More >>

    On Sunday, the Coast Guard rescued seven people from a capsized boat approximately 4 miles east of Horn Island, Mississippi. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly