This is a two-sided photo of the bogus $50-dollar bill which a customer unsuccessfully tried to pass at the Handy Mart store in Jackson last Thursday evening, June 21. The Chinese or Japanese letters or symbols on both sides of the bill are easily detectable. The Jackson Police Department is still on the lookout for the unidentified male suspect who attempted to use the bill. (Photo Courtesy of Jackson Police Department)

This is a two-sided photo of the bogus $50-dollar bill which a customer unsuccessfully tried to pass at the Handy Mart store in Jackson last Thursday evening, June 21. The Chinese or Japanese letters or symbols on both sides of the bill are easily detectable. The Jackson Police Department is still on the lookout for the unidentified male suspect who attempted to use the bill. (Photo Courtesy of Jackson Police Department)

The Jackson Police Department (JPD) is investigating the passing of a bogus $50-dollar bill at a local convenience store last Thursday evening.

Police officers were called at 6:52 p.m. to the Handy Mart store at 33 S. David Ave. where an employee reported that an unidentified male customer had just attempted to pass a fake $50-dollar bill when purchasing a bottle of soda pop. The employee immediately recognized the bill was not genuine and the customer wound up paying with legal currency. The customer left the store, but the employee retained the bogus bill.

Police described the male suspect as being about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 245 pounds and he was wearing a backpack when he came into the store. Police officers patrolled in the vicinity near Handy Mart, but were unable to find anyone matching that description.

A JPD spokesman told The Telegram Monday that the bogus bill was easily identified as a fake as it clearly had Chinese or Japanese letters or symbols on both sides of the bill. The spokesman referred to it as "play money" or "fake money" rather than as "counterfeit" and that such bills can even be purchased on the Internet. However, such bills could be successfully passed if the receiver is not paying close attention.

These fake bills have surfaced in the Jackson area within the past month or two, according to the spokesman and one local resident even reported finding such a bill in his driveway.