If it seems like you have been hearing about fake money in Battle Creek often lately, you have. During the month of February, numerous cases have been reported. But a new round of counterfeit money has surfaced, and Battle Creek police do not believe it is connected to previous cases as there have been arrests made in the recent case.

Throughout February, a rash of counterfeit $100 bills have been used around the city. Some of those bills were actually $10s that where bleached and reprinted as 100s. The Battle Creek Enquirer says that those phony $100s were used at several stores, including the Qdoba, Once Upon A Child, and Wild Bills Tobacco; one woman even reported to police she had been paid for sex with fake cash.

Now, counterfeit $20 bills have cropped up as well at restaurants and gas stations. So far two arrests have been made for counterfeit cash use; a 21-year-old Battle Creek man who allegedly used fake 20s to buy a video game console February 17th, and a 27-year-old woman who police say used a fake $20 to buy lottery tickets on Sunday.

Battle Creek residents should be cautious when dealing with cash anytime, but especially given recent events. Anyone with information or questions regarding counterfeit money is asked to contact the Battle Creek Police Department.