BIG CHIMNEY, W.Va. -- Kanawha County sheriff's deputies are asking for help finding someone who is apparently passing counterfeit bills in the Big Chimney area. Deputy S.G. Richards went to the United National Bank in Big Chimney on Monday after bank tellers discovered two phony $50 bills in a local merchant's deposit, according to Lt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department. Crosier said the fake currency was used at one of three Smith's grocery stores in the area.Crosier said deputies later found out from agents for the United States Secret Service that about 30 counterfeit bills have been passed between Kanawha and Raleigh counties in recent days. he said the bills look very real to the naked eye and are apparently fooling some handheld currency testers.Crosier urged merchants to pay attention and call police if someone tries to pass a counterfeit bill. He also asked merchants to try to capture suspects on surveillance video or write down their license plate number.
Anyone with information about the counterfeit bills is asked to call Richards at 304-357-0169. Callers may remain anonymous. .