Images provided by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
KINGSPORT — Following a rash of counterfeit money reports to Kingsport
police, the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office has released images of a man who
allegedly scammed a clerk with a phony $100 bill.
According to SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart, police were
called to the Apple Shed on Fort Henry Drive on Tuesday morning. The owner
reported that a $100 bill received the previous evening was later learned to be
Police say surveillance images revealed that the suspect brought several
items to the counter and attempted to pay with the doctored bill. When the clerk
hesitated, the man grabbed the bill from her and held it up to the light,
apparently attempting to convince her that it was legit.
The clerk eventually accepted the money and gave the suspect an unspecified
amount of change. The man then drove from the store in a black Honda Accord with
left front-end damage. Police say the car also appears to have faded and missing
paint from the hood and roof.
According to Earhart, the bill the man used was a legitimate $10 bill that
had been bleached and reprinted as a $100 denomination.
Anyone with information on the suspect pictured is asked to contact the
sheriff's office at (423) 279-7500, ext. 222. Tips can also be submitted
anonymously at www.scsotn.com.
On Monday, the Kingsport Police Department issued its second public warning
in three days regarding counterfeit cash circulating in the Model City. Some
bills reportedly have been received from bank tellers and ATMs.
KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton highlighted the bleaching
technique, noting detector pens are useless in such incidents.
Watermarks showing the president's face are visible on bills when held up
to the light. When the "bleaching" method is used to misrepresent currency,
Patton said, the face in the watermark will not match the face printed on the
Patton also suggested that businesses check for a security thread when
holding cash to the light. The thread should display "USA FIVE" or "USA TEN" or
another value that matches the original amount displayed on the bill.