Counterfeit Money in Smyrna, TN

Sep 12, 2023 at 06:52 am by WGNS News

Photos Released by SPD

SMYRNA, TN - In Smyrna, the police department is seeking help in identifying a woman who was caught on camera inside a local eatery after she was caught allegedly violating federal laws.

According to Smyrna Police, the woman pictured reportedly entered Penn Station at 440 West Sam Ridley Parkway in Smyrna, TN and allegedly used a counterfeit $100 bill to pay for her food. The incident was reported to have occurred on August 28, 2023.


Fake money is big business. At last report, the United States Department of Treasury estimated that at least $70-million in counterfeit bills were in circulation, with 1-counterfeit note representing every 10,000 real notes of genuine currency. Sometimes, the number of counterfeit bills could be as high as $200-million in circulation across the U.S., or 1 counterfeit note for every 4,000 genuine notes, depending on the time of year. It is not uncommon for authorities to recover more counterfeit dollars during the Christmas holidays.

Earlier this year in June, millions and millions of dollars’ worth of counterfeit money was seized in Philadelphia. There, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers intercepted four massive shipments that contained $14.3-million in counterfeit cash. The fake money was turned over to the U.S. Secret Service.

In Smyrna, detectives are asking anyone who recognizes the female captured on camera to contact their department. If you have details that might help identify her, you can call Detective Steve Martin at (615) 267-5432, or email him at

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