The Augusta Police Department is investigating the use of several counterfeit $20 bills at three businesses in the area, according to Lt. Chris Read.

Read said the department received complaints over the last few days from Hannaford supermarket on Cony Street, Mainly Groceries on Northern Avenue and a J&S Oil Convenience Store.

The bills appear to be good quality with nothing to distinguish them from legitimate currency, Read said, except that they feel different because they aren’t made with the same type of paper used by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

“We want to get the word out to businesses and let them know that these $20 bills are what’s going around,” Read said.

Because it is an ongoing investigation, Read couldn’t offer many more details, but he said the police department is following leads and reviewing security footage from the businesses.

Read said that anyone with information on counterfeit money should call the Augusta Police Department at 623-2370.

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