Counterfeit Problem Persists
Last week, the Giddings Police Department encountered at least six different incidents of people passing counterfeit $50 and $20 dollar bills in the city. This week, at least two more incidents were reported.
On Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at approximately 10:55 a.m., Officer Joseph Harrison received a call from dispatch in reference to a counterfeit $50 bill that had been passed at Classic Bank. Upon arrival at the bank, Harrison spoke with a bank representative who stated that they received the counterfeit bill from Airgas Southwest, a local business. The business representative stated that they would try to trace a timeline and see if they can pinpoint who gave it to them. This case is still under investigation.
On April 2, 2009, an individual informed an off-duty Giddings Police Officer that she had received a counterfeit $50 bill from a customer. The store owner would speak with the employee who helped the customer to see whom she believed may have passed the bill. The case is currently pending and under investigation.
As of press time, no incident of counterfeit money being passed in Lexington had been reported. When speaking to the Leader, Lexington's Chief of Police, Randy Davenport, said, "We are working with our local merchants. Just because we haven't had any incidents of counterfeit bills being passed in our town reported doesn't mean we shouldn't be aware of the possibility that it could happen here."