Check your Money
Especially if you work on the south side. Counterfeit $20's and $100's have been popping up with increasing regularity. Some gangs are using a technique knows as bleaching:
- After his arrest last May, Folkes and the agents returned to his South Side motel room. As a video camera rolled, he bleached legitimate $5 notes and printed $100 fakes on the blank paper. Folkes admitted to providing a police informant with $8,300 in phony money in exchange for $1,900 in genuine currency.
The Sun Times article describes methods of determining a bills validity, but forewarned is forearmed.