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Medina County employees learn about counterfeit currency

1/2/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of the Medina County Treasurer’s Office
MEDINA — Medina County Treasurer John Burke and Medina County Clerk of Courts Dave Wadsworth, along with approximately 80 county employees, spent a recent Friday morning learning about detecting counterfeit currency and different methods of identification.

According to county officials, the seminar, shown above, was timely due to recent counterfeit bills being passed in the county.

A special agent from the U.S. Secret Service’s Cleveland Field Office  was the presenter of the training program and discussed topics ranging from identifying counterfeit currency to current and advanced detection practices. In addition, Brad Lewis, from F & E Check Protector Co., presented solutions for currency counting and counterfeit identification.

“Treasurer Burke and I thought it was time for our county employees to receive formal training on counterfeit money and ways to identify and track bills coming through our offices,” Wadsworth said. “We’re so glad of the response by most of our county offices in sending their staff to the program.”

Based on post-surveys of the program, 83 percent of the attendees rated the program very good to excellent in usefulness of information for daily work; 87 percent would recommend the training program to others, according to organizers.

Burke and Wadsworth plan future training programs, such as identifying fraudulent checks and credit card scams. They suggest that, if you suspect a counterfeit bill, contact your local police department or the U.S. Secret Service at 216-706-4365.

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