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Deputies investigate counterfeiting in Oak Hill

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A pair of women reported that men were handing out fake money at a bar in Oak Hill.

Deputies were alerted to the fake bills on Saturday, Aug. 31 after two women reported that they had been given $50 and $100 bills at the Spotlight nightclub in Oak Hill on Friday.  The women said that four men were handing out the bills to "all the pretty girls."  The men were apparently paying for drinks with $20 bills. 

Investigators confirmed that the $50 and $100 bill were fake.  Deputies went to the nightclub, but said they did not get a lot of cooperation.  According to a release, management said the no one matching the description of the men was in the bar and that they had not received any counterfeit money.

The suspects are described as black males in the mid to late twenties.  The men were apparently driving a light blue Hyundai Sonata with plates from either North Carolina or South Carolina.  The women who reported the fake bills said the men told them they were from South Carolina but were staying with family at the Pine Knoll Apartments in Oak Hill.

"It is quite common for individuals to travel and pas counterfeit money away from the area where they reside so that they cannot be readily identified," said Sheriff Steve Kessler. "It is also possible, however, that these individuals are from the local area and may have just been trying to impress females by pretending to be 'high rollers'."

The Sheriff said that he has contact the U.S. Secret Service and advised them of the recovery of this counterfeit money.

"Local businesses should be alert for any counterfeit money that individual may attempt to pass in the area," added Sheriff Kessler.

Kessler said that cashiers and other individuals who take money should check to make sure that and $20, $50 or $100 bills are genuine.  According to the sheriff this can be done easily by checking for "ghost" images that are on all modern bills.

The incident is still under investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Fayette County 911 Center at 304-574-3590 or CrimeStoppers at 304-255-7867.  Tips can also be submitted to the crime tips section of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office web site or to the Sheriff's Department's facebook page.