Oklahoma City Police bust counterfeit money operation

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A shopping spree with counterfeit money came to a screeching halt after employees from a Best Buy read right through the fake cash.

On Aug. 8, officers were called to the Best Buy on the I-240 Service Rd. after an employee said a man was trying to make a purchase with a counterfeit $100 bill.

As police arrived, they spotted a car matching the description of the alleged suspect’s vehicle, and stopped 46-year-old Richard Kinney and 57-year-old Frank Anderson.

Oklahoma City police say they found a whole operation inside a white Hyundai, including a printer and more phony cash.

A money expert gave us a few pointers on how to avoid being the next counterfeit victim.

"Officers located some receipts inside the vehicle and they were able to track down other purchases," Sgt. Ashley Peters, with Oklahoma City Police, says.

Stores like Michael's and Payless, are just a couple of businesses where the two men successfully used fake cash.

It was going un-detected until they got to Best Buy.

"Whenever they were making the purchase, the cashier noticed," Sgt. Peters said.

Something was off with the money Kinney was allegedly trying to use.

Casey Tilford, a money expert and owner at Edmond Coins, filled us in on what the difference is between the counterfeit money and real cash.

"Most likely they were using the older style, which would, the only way you'd really be able to tell is the watermark over here with Benjamin Franklin, or you can look at this magnetic strip," Tilford says.

Tilford says the older model hundreds are much easier to counterfeit than the new ones that have many fool-proof barriers.

"This magnetic strip here, whenever you tilt it in the light, you can see that the hundreds move side to side or front to front," Tilford said. "If we take a magnet, we can pull it towards us, and that's another good indicator that this strip in here will show that it's a genuine note."

Those are small ways to make sure the next Benjamin that's handed to you is the real deal.

"Once you accept a counterfeit note, you're the one who is liable for it," Tilford said.

"They did what they were supposed to do in checking a large amount of bill just to make sure it was valid and it was real," Sgt. Peters says.

There were several more fake bills inside the car when police pulled the two men over.

Anderson does have a history of dealing with counterfeit money.

Police also found fake IDs in the car.

The secret service has been contacted to help with the investigation.

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