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Bardstown businesses, police on alert after crooks pass counterfeit cash

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A one dollar bill turned into a hundred dollar scam. Today we're following a trail of dirty money in Bardstown. 

James Ludka, a customer at the Long John Silvers/A&W in Bardstown noticed the line during lunch rush was moving a bit slower Wednesday.

"I paid with a $20 dollar bill," Ludka said. "They held it up to the light."

Caroline Herchenrader noticed the same thing. 

"They did mine with a marker to make sure everything was OK," Herchenrader said. 

Workers were using extra caution when accepting money as one day earlier the restaurant was hit with counterfeit cash. Police said two people used bogus bills to pay for food there and at a nearby Cracker Barrel and Walmart. The incidents all occurred within minutes of each other around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. 

Police said the pair bought next to nothing, paid with a fake $100, and pocketed real bills as the change. 

"People come up with so many creative ideas on how to scam people that it's just an ongoing problem," said Bardstown police officer Shannon Hall.

Hall said the fake $100 passed the "pen" test because it was printed on real money: the crooks bleached over a $1 bill and reprinted it as a $100.

The suspects and the vehicle they were in are shown in the pictures in this story. The grainy images come from surveillance footage at the businesses. Police say the suspects probably aren't from Bardstown, but may live in a neighboring community.

Hall says counterfeit cash has popped up several times in recent weeks. She hopes to put a stop to it with a high profile arrest. 

"I think it's sad," Herchenrader said. "If you can do fake money you can use your mind and get a job."

Counterfeiting money is a federal offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison. 

If you recognize the suspects or know where they might be, you're asked to contact Bardstown police. 

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