Four months after new, color-filled $20 bills began circulating, counterfeiters seem to be having a harder time faking them, says USA Today.
More than $1 million in fake new $20s were accepted by businesses and later detected. That’s more than five times the $192,000 passed and caught in the same period after the 1998 redesign, says the Secret Service. That suggests that the new $20s are easier to spot – the government’s goal in the redesign. Police around the nation said a rush of fake $20s after the bills were introduced in October seems to have died down. “It’s almost come to a dead stop here,” says police spokesman Cpl. Kelley Cradduck of Rogers, Ark. Last month, eight people were arrested in Rogers in connection with more than $1,000 of fake new $20s that businesses accepted.