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Man sought for using fake $100 bills at local stores

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released this photo of a man they said used counterfeit $100 bills at local stores.

October 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Palmdale detectives are trying to identify a man who's allegedly using counterfeit $100 bills at local stores.

Authorities said the man enters the stores and picks out small-dollar items to buy. He then distracts the clerks by talking to them while handing them the counterfeit bill.

The bills were washed and reprinted as $100 bills. This technique in which counterfeiters take real $5 bills and wash them to reprint them is common because it can't be detected by counterfeit pens, according to officials.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.