UPDATE: 4 arrested in counterfeit money use in Hutchinson

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Hutchinson, Kan. -- Hutchinson police say four people have been arrested as suspects in about 20 cases of counterfeit money being used in the city this month.

Police Sgt. Tyson Meyers says three men were arrested Tuesday and a woman was arrested Wednesday. He says the three men apparently worked together but the woman's connection to the cases is unclear.

The Hutchinson News reports (http://bit.ly/1beFNIS ) officers believe most of the counterfeit cash seized so far came from the home of a 37-year-old man arrested Tuesday. They found a scanner and printer at the man's home.

So far this month, police have collected more than 50 $5 and $20 bills.

Previous story - Monday, December 16, 2013:

Hutchinson police are warning residents to be on the look out for counterfeit bills being circulated.

Police are investigating more than 13 cases occurring since early December of counterfeit 20 and 5 dollar bills.

Sgt. Tyson Myers, a Hutchinson police detective says, "Sometimes people receive these bills not knowing they're counterfeit. So when they go to pass one at a business they themselves don't have information that it's counterfeit."

That's apparently the case when a man tried to pay for items at the Westlake Ace Hardware on south Main in Hutchinson last week. When he handed store clerk Jazzmine Mann the $20 bill, she immediately checked it. It failed the check. So he pulled out another one and it also was fake. Police came and took the money but didn't arrest him.

Store manager Risa Jackson says clerks are trained to watch for counterfeit money.

Detective Meyers says counterfeit bills don't even feel the same to the touch because they're not printed on currency paper and says colors are blurred.

He says people selling items on social media outlets and at estate and garage sales also need to by watchful for the fake bills.

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