Passing Counterfeit Bills for Girl Scout Cookies

By: Ashley Fielder
By: Ashley Fielder

Selling cookies, it's one of the first ways these girls learn about dealing with money, but this year some Girl Scouts learned a little something else.

“There are people in the world that want to do not nice things,” said Girl Scouts Communications Director Kristi Milligan.

El Paso County Girl Scout troops say they collected a total of a $150 in counterfeit fifties.

Troop leader Terje Goldston unknowlingly accepted a fake bill just last weekend.

“I thought, gee, it's really old cause the ink was kind of faded, but didn't think anything more of it,” said troop leader Terje Goldston.

But when she turned the money into the bank the next day, “They told me the money was funny, that's what they called it funny, and it was counterfeit.”

Parents of scouts are shocked.

“I've never heard of anything like this happenning,” said one parent.

But Terje is being proactive with her troop, she's teaching her girls how to spot a fake.

Officials with the local chapter say they hope to fix the problem next year by not accepitng fifty dollar bills anymore, and giving each troop a counterfeit detection pen.

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