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Police Warn Businesses On St. Thomas To Watch Out For Counterfeit $20 Bills … Plaza Extra Got $460 Worth On Thursday

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) warned businesses in St. Thomas today to be on the lookout for counterfeit $20 bills. Officially, the U.S. Secret Service investigates instances of counterfeiting.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said today that it is “urging everyone to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills circulating on St. Thomas.”

On Thursday, June 01, 2017 members of the VIPD Investigation Bureau were dispatched to Plaza Extra regarding a report of counterfeit bills, according to police.

Police met with the Plaza Extra shift supervisor who said that they discovered several counterfeit bills totaling about $460.00 that day.

The discovery of apparently counterfeit bills has been forwarded to the forces Economic Crime Unit for a follow up investigation, police said.

The money is question wills were reported as all being twenty dollar bills with the bottom portion of the bill darker than normal to include the body and clothing of the President Andrew Jackson.

The security thread was not visible and the bill felt thicker than a normal bill.

Anyone having information regarding this incident please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 or the Economic Crime Unit (340) 774-3942. You can also contact Crimestoppers USVI at 1 (800)222-8477 or 911.

PLAZA EXTRA SIGN AT THE TUTU PARK MALL IN ST. THOMAS. Plaza Extra reported receiving $460 worth of counterfeit $20 bills on Thursday.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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