Tulsa church's fireworks fundraiser given $150 in fake bills

Posted at 10:33 PM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 04:43:18-04

Berryhill Baptist Church raises around $6,000 every summer for kids to go to youth summer camps by selling fireworks before Independence Day. This year, organizers find themselves $150 short.

Ginni Moss is the church's children's director, and works the register at the Tulsa roadside fireworks stand. She says twice in one week she's been handed fake money - one $100 bill and one $50 bill.

"I went to the bank to get ones and fives, and the lady at the bank said it was fake," said Moss about her July 2 experience.

The Secret Service Office in Oklahoma City tells 2 Works for You fake money is used "more than anyone would expect", and if a small business takes the bills, it won't be reimbursed.

Moss says her stand's loss comes at the expense of the kids it benefits. All of the cash that comes in goes directly towards kids' experience at church and at summer camp, and $150 can go a long way.

"We went to camp this year and it was $75 a kid," Moss said. "So that's two kids that can't go to camp next year because we got counterfeit money."

If you run a small business and want to know how to catch fake bills, visit the U.S. Currency Website or the Secret Service Website for videos and info.