Authorities say customer reported receiving phony $100 bill from Scappoose bar and restaurant

Scappoose police say they are investigating the source of counterfeit money circulated through at least one business in the city.

Last Tuesday, Nov. 6, police took a report from a resident who claimed to have received counterfeit $100 bills from Varsity Bar & Grill in Scappoose, police call logs show.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Scappoose police officers took a report of counterfeit money allegedly circulating through Varsity Bar & Grill in Scappoose. An investigation was launched to determine the source of the fake money.The fake bills were seized and placed into evidence for investigation, according to police reports.

So far, no suspects have been identified and no further information has surfaced regarding how the reported counterfeit money made its way into circulation.

"This was a business in the city that unknowingly [passed] the bills," Scappoose Police Chief Norm Miller stated Wednesday, noting it's unclear if the money came to the business through a bank or a was passed on by a customer.

"The fake money will be sent to the Secret Services," Miller added.

The most recent iteration of government-issued $100 bills, which came into circulation in 2013, includes security features like an embedded 3-D band, security thread, a color changing bell emblem, watermark, and color-changing ink noting the denomination in the lower right corner of the front of the bill, according to the U.S. Currency Education Program, a division of the Federal Reserve.

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