A man from Anacoco was arrested on charges related to identity theft and counterfeit money. Allen Lewis, 32, was charged with one count of Monetary Instrument Abuse and one count of Identity Theft.

If convicted, Lewis could serve a maximum of 10 years in prison on each count. Monetary Instrument Abuse is a felony charge.

Authorities recommend that anyone that receives the fake bills should contact the police immediately, turn in the money, and get vehicle and license plate information on those who attempt to distribute the counterfeit money.

It is also recommended that businesses purchase counterfeit detection pens.  

Detection pens can be purchased in many stores and online. The pens require no training to be used. To check a bill, simply mark on the bill with the pen. If the bill is indeed counterfeit a dark brown or black mark will appear on the bill.

The reason that the mark will appear on a counterfeit bill is that the pen has an iodine solution that reacts to wood-based paper, thus making the dark mark. Many counterfeit bills are made of wood-based paper.

According to the U.S. Secret Service, real U.S. currency is made of 25 percent linen and 75 percent cotton, with small blue and red security fibers throughout the bill.

The Secret Service has listed information on their website for tips on how to make sure money that citizens receive is legitimate.

It includes an infographic with complete information about all the markings and individual differences that make a bill legitimate. To see the “Know your Money” infographic log on to www.secretservice.gov.