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Oct 29, 2013 9:22 PM by Lupita Murillo

Counterfeit $100 bills making the rounds at east side salons

TUCSON - Counterfeit bills are making the rounds in some East side salons and there's one suspected crook.

Surveillance video from "Dolly Quinn Salon" shows a woman in her late 30s or early 40s walking into the salon.

The woman was at the salon for 45 minutes, talking to employees, sitting down and even having a cup of coffee.

Then, when the salon got busy, she bought a product and gave the sales person a counterfeit $100 bill.


Dolly Quinn said, "None of us had a clue, we just thought we wanted to be gracious and help this lady. Instead she scammed us."


Quinn has owned the salon for over 30 years, and says this is a first.


The suspect, dressed in purple scrubs, told employees she was a nurse at Tucson Medical Center.

She said she was buying a gift for a friend who was having a baby.

She even told some salon employees she was using money from her yard sale.

The $100 bill looked authentic, but a closer look reveals the edges are faded.

It turns out it's really a $5 bill that's been bleached and then reprinted.

If you hold the bill to the light, you can see a watermark of Abraham Lincoln.


Kristen Koester waited on the woman at Dolly Quinn Salon.

She said, "I feel bad because I worked retail for 10 years, and I know what to look for in a fake bill. It's just that she was distracting me and I didn't really look at it until she was already gone."


Two months earlier the suspect hit the "Garden of Eden Salon" where Jackie Berry rents her space.

It's next door to Dolly Quinn's.

Berry said, "I took the $100 bill I paid my boss the rent, she in turn took the $100 bill and paid her assistant, her assistant took the $100 bill to Sam Levitz, and Sam Levitz said it was counterfeit."

The same woman may have targeted "Studio S Salon" just down the street from Dolly Quinn's the week before.

At the beginning of the month she hit "Unique Identity Salon" across from Park Place Mall.

The Secret Service has been notified. If you have information about this woman call 88-CRIME.

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