UPDATE: 9:40 A.M. June 25th, 2021: The Louisa Police Department arrested four people in connection to a counterfeit money investigation.

Dustin Henry, Brian Wolford, Amy Gnatt, and Kenneth Fitch, all from Lawrence County, have been charged with Criminal possession of forged instruments in the first degree, a Class C felony.

The case will be presented to the Lawrence County Grand Jury. 

LOUISA, KY (WOWK)—According to the Louisa Police Department, several businesses have complained about counterfeit money throughout the city.

Courtesy: Louisa Police Department

Many of the bills have been $20 bills that actually say “COPY MONEY” on them, and businesses are being urged to exercise extra awareness when accepting cash.

Those counterfeit bills that are circulating in Louisa have many businesses taking extra steps to spot them. Local businesses say this isn’t their first time dealing with something like this.

A few places I’ve worked previously… We’ve seen some fake twenties in the past.

Brittany Smith, 606 Hemp Manager

There are ways to check and make sure the bills are legit and after hearing counterfeit money has resurfaced, these businesses are starting to crack down. Manager of the Three Rivers Food Mart Brandon Davis says he’s alerted his staff be extra cautious.

The fake cash appears to have been purchased from eBay.

Courtesy: Louisa Police Department

Anyone with information about anyone possessing fake money should contact Det. Hunter James at hjames@louisapd.org or Sgt. Steven Wilburn at swilburn@louisapd.org.