Several Hudson Valley businesses fall victim to counterfeit scheme

Several Hudson Valley businesses were recently victims of a counterfeit scheme.
Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts of Dutchess County, or C.A.R.E. of D.C., was one of the businesses hit by the counterfeiters.
Volunteer Jill Stanton says someone used two counterfeit $100 bills to buy items two weeks ago at the Wappingers Falls location.
She says the bill passed the pen test when it was used to buy $20 worth of things, to get the change back in real bills.
Giacomo's, located across the street, was also given a $100 counterfeit bill, according to a restaurant employee. It was also used to buy a small number of items and passed the pen test. Additionally, it had the same serial numbers used at C.A.R.E. of D.C.
In Ulster County, Tantillo's Farm Market was paid with a counterfeit bill on Sept. 14.
New York State Police announced last week the arrest of two people for allegedly hitting up four businesses in Dutchess County with counterfeit bills.
It's still unclear if they are responsible for every incident that's happened in the Hudson Valley.
Those who would like to donate to C.A.R.E. of D.C., can visit its website.