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Alaska bar takes in small counterfeit bills

Saturday, April 10, 2010

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Police in Alaska say lawbreakers must be really getting desperate because someone left 13 fake $1 bills in a bar's tip jar -- an unusually small denomination for the crime. Viking Lounge owner Jack Tripp said that in the 19 years he has owned the establishment, it has received counterfeit money only twice. Both times were in the last year, and both were fake $20 bills. Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills said the latest fake bills were probably printed off the Internet. Some were blank on one side. She said the economy must be really bad if people are counterfeiting $1 bills. Tripp reimbursed his employees their $13 in tips.

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