Counterfeit $20 bills circulating in Knox County

Posted Nov. 10, 2009, at 3 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Local police officials said Tuesday that counterfeit $20 bills are being passed around Knox County.

The counterfeit cash “feels different” than legitimate bills, said Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison.

The bills also are slightly smaller than usual and have some unauthorized wording, including “In Props We Trust” and “Theatrical Use Only,” according to Wally Tower of the Rockland Police Department.

“If you doubt it, question it,” Dennison said. “Don’t take it for granted that it’s real.”

The counterfeit $20 bills have been found in Rockland, Rockport, Union and Camden, officials said.

Local police departments are investigating the case in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service, Dennison said.

“We do have persons of interest,” Tower said.