As bogus bills go, one recovered in Manteca was pretty easy to spot.
It had Chinese printing on it and was missing several security features found on legitimate currency.
Manteca police posted a warning on Facebook that includes photos of a counterfeit $100 that was passed in the city on Tuesday. Chinese writing on the bills translate as "not to be used as real currency" and "bill to be used for counting practice," the Police Department reports.
The fake bill wasn't the only shady thing about the transaction, said the department's public information officer, Sgt. Michael Aguilar. It was used in the illegal exchange of narcotics between two juveniles, he said. Though the sale occurred off-campus, it was brought to the attention of a school resource officer, Aguilar said.
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Bills such as the one recovered in Manteca are used by Chinese banks for training purposes only. The bills can be purchased online, the Police Department's post says, and are legal to buy for their designed purpose. They come in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
A site named Bonanza, dealing in "art and collectibles," offers five $100 bills for $2.49. It describes the bills as "prop money, used in movies or for training, fake cash."
But it becomes a crime to pass the bills as U.S. currency, the Police Department warns.
Anyone with information on the passing of these bills is urged to call Manteca police Detective Aaron Montoya at 209-456-8203.
If found in Stanislaus County, residents should call their local law enforcement department or contact Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at www.stancrimetips.org or 209-521-4636.