Silverdale, Wash. -- They've struck restaurants and shown up in espresso stands. Commercial retail stores have become victims, as has a dentist's office, a casino, a family hosting a garage sale and an Internet entrepreneur on Craig's List.
Counterfeit money has appeared in Kitsap County over the past several years in certain denominations and for brief periods of time. The current spate of phony bills started to show-up around mid-May, according to compiled data. The most recent report was filed yesterday. While numerous case reports have been initiated with the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, some containing multiple victims, it's highly likely that there are additional victims who haven't yet reported that they have been saddled with worthless money. They may not realize that they're victims.
What deputies are finding this time around are $5 bills that have been "washed" and then re-printed to appear as if they are a larger denomination, typically a $50 bill. However, that's just a start. Some counterfeiters are proficient enough to be able to wash and re-print money in various denominations: $10, $20 and $100.