Sheriff Robert L. Langley, Jr. reports an increase in counterfeit currency cases throughout the County and adjoining Counties. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department is actively investigating cases in which counterfeit $100 bills are being used to make smaller purchases at convenience stores, drug stores and eateries. The small purchase allows the suspect(s) in these cases to walk away with legal US currency leaving their unsuspecting victims short financially. Sheriff Langley would like to remind all merchants and consumers to check currency passed during a transactions for its authenticity. Counterfeit currency can easily by detected using the proper tools commercially available or, if you suspect the currency is counterfeit, you can contact your local law enforcement agency.