Police say a pink-haired woman is going on a shopping spree using counterfeit cash at Polk County businesses.
"The latest case that we have from Walmart. She took a $5 and washed it and then imprinted the markings of a $50 bill," Winter Haven Police Department's Jamie Brown said Monday.
The end result looks authentic.
"We have encountered people that have much better and higher quality equipment, but evidently, it's good enough that some stores and some locations have been fooled by it," Brown said.
Police say she's working fast, hitting at least six stores and restaurants in two weeks. The Secret Service says new technology is making counterfeit crimes a rising problem.
"What's happened is more people are counterfeiting because of the computer. Before in the years past, it was almost like an artist, like a printer and he would make a lot more. But now, with the convenience of the laptop printers, it's done more frequently," U.S. Secret Service Assistant Special Agent John Seybold said Monday.
Despite her distinct hair-do, police say they still haven't been able to identify the pink-haired perp. They're now asking the public to help.
"It's so brazen that someone would think that they could continue to get away with it because eventually they do get caught," Brown said.
Making and using counterfeit money is a federal offense. Each phony bill is worth up to 20 years in prison.
If you have any information about the woman seen in surveillance pictures, you're asked to call Winter Haven Police at 863-291-5620 or leave an anonymous tip with Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).
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