ST. MARY PARISH, La. (KLFY)– Earlier this week St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received three complaints of monetary instrument abuse, authorities said.
According to a spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Office, all the complaints came from businesses, two in Bayou Vista and one in Patterson.
Deputies responding to the complaints viewed $10 and $20 bills suspected of being counterfeit.
Sheriff Mark Hebert tells KLFY that he advises both businesses and individuals to be diligent in checking all cash transactions, “The pens used to detect counterfeit currency are a good way to start. But, being aware of the safety features in U.S. currency such as watermarks, security threads, and 3D marks can protect you from a wider variety of ways cash is counterfeited.”
The complaints are currently under investigation by detectives.
Counterfeit cash bills should be reported immediately to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency.
To learn U.S. currency security features click here, https://uscurrency.gov/training