State warns of counterfeit state checks

Posted: Friday, August 02, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Businesses should be on the lookout for counterfeit state checks, the Department of Revenue announced Thursday.

According to the department's Treasury Division, Anchorage businesses have cashed five counterfeit checks in the past week totaling more than $15,000.

The checks, titled ''State of Alaska Treasury Warrant General Fund,'' have paper and printing similar to that used by the state.

''They're counterfeit, no doubt about it,'' said Commissioner Wilson Condon. ''But they're not perfect, and we are advising all businesses to look very closely at state checks until we catch the criminals.''

Condon also advised businesses to ask for more than one identification card before accepting a state check, and to be cautious when presented with a check by someone unknown to the business owner or clerk.

''These are not small, petty cash amounts,'' Condon said. ''One of the checks was for $4,492.56.''

Businesses that accept counterfeit checks could be responsible for the loss, according to the department.

Department officials discovered the counterfeit checks Thursday after they were alerted to discrepancies by the department's bank. All five bogus checks were accepted by businesses in the past week.

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