Hollywood is the land of make believe and that includes the money used in movies too. Now, some of that phony currency is circulating in Brooklyn Center, as movie prop money is being passed off as the real thing. Brooklyn Center police say it is easy to be fooled by the counterfeit cash.
"What this version of counterfeit money is, it looks very real, it feels real," said Rick Gabler of the Brooklyn Center Police Department. "When you look at it, it says very clearly, for 'motion picture use only.' It's money that is used as prop money for movies and TV shows, but at first glance it looks like real money."
So far there have been two reported cases of movie prop money showing up in Brooklyn Center. One was spotted at a Denny's restaurant, another was used at a Super America gas station. It is a felony to knowingly circulate fake cash in Minnesota.
"What makes this different than counterfeit money, this is essentially novelty," Gabler said. "You can have it, it becomes criminal when you try to pass it."
Brooklyn Center police say they have no suspects in these
recent cases and believe they're are not connected to each other.
If you can't figure out if your currency is real, police say there's a counterfeit money detector pen/marker that can be purchased at office supply stores.
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