Counterfeit Concerns

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Counterfeit Concerns

10/29/2003
BROCKTON, Mass -- The government is circulating new $20 bills that are supposed to discourage counterfeiting. But some phony ones have already turned up in one Massachusetts city.

Brockton police say counterfeit versions of the redesigned bills were passed at a convenience store and restaurant last week.

The Brockton Enterprise reports that fake 20's also turned up among cafeteria receipts at an area high school.

The new bills contain splashes of peach, blue and yellow. They also have other features that are supposed to make them harder to copy, including a security thread and a watermark image of President Andrew Jackson.

The counterfeit bills found in Brockton lacked the security thread and watermark, but a detective says they were otherwise very convincing.