UPDATE: Deputies have made an arrest in the case of counterfeit money circulating in Grundy County.

The sheriff’s office says 39-year-old Whitney Dunwoody, from Altamont, was arrested on Wednesday morning, following a lead that deputies received.

Dunwoody is charged with criminal simulation.

The sheriff’s office says the case is still under investigation.

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PREVIOUS STORY: The sheriff's office is warning the public about fake money making its way around Grundy County.

Sheriff Clint Shrum went live on Facebook to show how to spot fake money.

Shrum says a store in Grundy County was given a $100 bill, and they checked to see if it was legit.

It failed the test.

He showed us how the money was tested.

“The one on the right you can see was taken in by a store,” said Clint Shrum. “You can see the counterfeit mark on it. They checked it, and they were able to write on it. So that lets them know it's counterfeit.”

Shrum says one bill is not the right color, the way the serial number was arranged was inaccurate, and strange symbols were printed on the back.

He says the other bill looked almost like a real bill, but there's still something wrong with it.

“On a $100 bill that should look like it's holographic,” said Shrum. “This one right here is just printed.”

Many people from the area commented on that Facebook post sharing their stories of spotting fake money.

Shrum says the purpose is to educate the public, so they can protect themselves.

He says he has an idea of where it's coming from.

“This money was ordered probably on the Internet,” said Shrum. “Then it was sent to be distributed.”

Shrum says his office will continue to investigate to find out who is distributing the money.

If you receive a counterfeit bill, here are some things you should keep in mind:

  • Do not return it to the person who gave it to you.
  • Limit the number of times you touch the bill.
  • Put the money in something that will protect it, like an envelope or plastic bag.
  • Get the fake money to your local law enforcement as soon as possible.