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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- A Stuarts Draft man is charged with 35 felony counts after Augusta County businesses complained about counterfeit money.
Authorities received the first complaint on October 4 and only three days later made an arrest.
They have charged Louis Goulet, 50, with 35 counts of counterfeiting money.
Debbie Arnold works at Taylor's Grocery in Fort Defiance, a store similar to the convenience stores that complained about counterfeit money, and it's those similarities that make Arnold worry.
"I am now, yeah, it's just a hard day and the economy it's showing," said Arnold.
Investigator Michael Roane said this isn't the first time he's heard the complaint.
"It seems to be a trend that we are seeing more and more of it," said Roane.
Investigators have found a lot of evidence against Goulet.
"We were able to collect quite a bit of evidence in his possession which led us to charging him with 35 felony counts of counterfeit money," said Roane.
Arnold uses a water marker to test her bills to make sure they're real.
"A $50 bill or a $100 bill comes in, I take that marker and give it a little swipe, and it's usually in that yellowish gold color and I've been told that if it turns brown that it's counterfeit," said Arnold.
Roane said this is a good start, but it may not be good enough.
"The marker will, you know give an indication as to whether or not it's a counterfeit, that's not always a hundred percent accurate," said Roane.
Arnold said she will be more alert after this, but she trusts the people who come into her store.
"Most of the people that come in here are definitely our locals like Travis coming in," said Arnold.
There are a number of ways to tell if a bill is counterfeit.
On a $20 bill, if you hold it to the light, there is a watermark of Jackson's face on the right side.
Also, the bottom right 20 is printed using color shifting ink, which changes color when you tilt the bill.
Lastly, on the left side there is a security thread that looks metallic and says USA 20.
Roane said to notify law enforcement if you see a bill that looks questionable.
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