Counterfeit Currency Surfaces in Casino Incidents

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – The appearance of counterfeit currency at the Valley Forge Casino Resort has been a recurring problem for Pennsylvania State Police this year. Phony $100 notes recently surfaced twice within a four-day period, according to agency reports issued Wednesday (Sept. 1, 2022). Troopers also reportedly dealt with forgery incidents twice during July, and once in March.

The latest incident, according to troopers working at the casino on behalf of the state Bureau of Gaming Enforcement, occurred Wednesday (Aug. 31) at 9:35 p.m., when counterfeit $100 bills were found at a gaming table. Troopers said they are still investigating the discovery, and identified the casino as the victim. The bills were scheduled to be sent to the U.S. Secret Service.

The Secret Service, its website notes, retains “primary jurisdiction” in crimes that involve U.S. currency, and Treasury checks, bonds or other securities.

Only days earlier, on Aug. 27 (Saturday) at 12:06 a.m., a 24-year-old Philadelphia man who was a casino patron was “found to be in possession of a forged $100 bill,” troopers also reported. Both he and the Secret Service were identified as victims. The status of that investigation, and the disposition of the bill, were not included in that report.

Neither report indicated if the two incidents were connected, or considered separate and unrelated.

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