EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – It’s a story that might have you taking a closer look at your money.
Detectives in the area are investigating counterfeit cash that's popping up all over town.
Wednesday, a local man was charged for allegedly passing hundreds of dollars in counterfeit bills to an Eau Claire bar.
That man is 27-year-old Ryan James Davey of Altoona.
According to a criminal complaint, Davey was arrested Monday night and has now been charged with Uttering a Forgery and Misdemeanor Bail Jumping.
The incident involving Davey is just one of four counterfeit cases reported to police in the past two weeks.
Reports indicate the bogus money is showing up at gas stations and banks.
According to a criminal complaint, Ryan Davey went to the Do Dodge Inn Monday afternoon to play some electronic poker.
By the time he was done, Davey had exchanged $1,000 in cash with the bartender.
Later that afternoon, the complaint says three men came to the bar and cashed their paychecks.
Those men then went to the Mega Holiday Gas Station at Cameron and Claremont.
One of them unknowingly spent a $20 counterfeit bill that was red-flagged by a cashier.
It turns out that day, both the bartender at Do Dodge, and the cashier at Mega Holiday called police, noticing cash in their drawer was counterfeit.
The complaint says officers were able to match up the serial numbers on the cash from both locations.
That led them to Davey’s apartment in on Briar Lane in Altoona, where officers say they found counterfeit $20 bills, along with a computer that was being taken apart.
He was then arrested.
The court document shows that before he was arrested, Davey instructed his girlfriend to hide up to $387.
That money was later recovered from the girlfriend’s car.
This case is being investigated by both Eau Claire and Altoona Police Departments.
“Any type of financial crime is typically more widespread than just in one community. To really investigate those, it is more difficult. It’s more time consuming for our investigators. So with those we do take our time and make sure that all the bases are covered,” said Officer Kyle Roder of the Eau Claire Police Department.
Police say counterfeit feels more like paper, has different coloring than the real deal and will have different markings.
“If somebody comes across a counterfeit bill, they should call their local law enforcement jurisdiction and that agency would then hopefully investigate that and back track as to where that bill came from,” Officer Roder said.
Davey has since been released from jail.
It's not yet known if he's accused of manufacturing the counterfeit money.
Other counterfeit cases are currently under investigation by the Eau Claire Police Department.