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April 7, 2010

Alaska bar takes in smaller-than-usual fake bills

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Police in Alaska say lawbreakers must be really getting desperate because someone left 13 fake $1 bills in a bar's tip jar — an unusually small denomination for the crime.

Viking Lounge owner Jack Tripp says that in the 19 years he has owned the establishment, it has received counterfeit money only twice. Both times were in the last year, and both were fake $20 bills.

Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills says the latest fake bills were probably printed off the Internet. Some were blank on one side.

She says the economy must be really bad if people are counterfeiting $1 bills.

Tripp reimbursed his employees their $13 in tips — with real money.

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