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Bingo for charity goes bad after someone turns in counterfeit money

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A volunteer noticed a stack of money that didn't look or feel right. A volunteer noticed a stack of money that didn't look or feel right.
It's vacation time for Dreams With Wings, a non-profit organization that serves children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It's vacation time for Dreams With Wings, a non-profit organization that serves children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's vacation time for Dreams With Wings, a non-profit organization that serves children and adults with intellectual disabilities. They held a fundraiser this week to raise money for the trip, but something went wrong.

"Unfortunately someone used counterfeit money at our bingo the other night. So we know that we're missing at least $480 probably more because we're not sure if we used it for payouts or anything else throughout the course of that evening," said Jenifer Frommeyer, Executive Director for Dreams With Wings.

A volunteer noticed a stack of money that didn't look or feel right.

She marked them with a pin and they didn't check out. But by that time, it was too late.

The unidentified criminal was long gone.

"We typically check big bills and in this particular care they were twenties, a few fifties. We seem to be the one who got it the worse," Frommeyer explained.

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating this case and other businesses that could have been hit as well.

Counterfeiting is more common around the holidays and big events, but there is a way people can monitor their money all year round.

"The biggest thing is the feel. If you're unsure whether a bill is real or counterfeit, hopefully you have another bill in your wallet where you can simply compare the two," said U.S. Secret Service Agent Craig Hutzell.

As a result of the incident, workers at Dreams With Wings say they won't take any more money at face value.

Officials say the counterfeit investigation is still ongoing.

If you come across any phony bills, you're urged to contact your local police department and visit http://www.secretservice.gov. 

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