Police reported that the serial numbers on all of the bills were consistent and that counterfeit pens typically used to identify fake bills proved to be ineffective.
In a community-wide NIXLE alert, Imlay City police advised businesses throughout the area to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills. The employees at the Dairy Queen were among those alerted to the earlier incidents.
Police Chief Scott Pike said Sgt. Tim Wolford and Officer David Rock responded to the scene and arrested three black women on multiple charges of circulating counterfeit bills.
Others responding to the scene were police officers from Almont, Dryden and Metamora.
Pike said the suspects are believed to be the same women involved in similar crimes earlier Monday in the City of Marlette.
Marlette police reported several incidents of fake $100 bills being circulated at various locations between 12:30 and 2 p.m. on Monday.
In those incidents, police said the suspects used fake bills to purchase VISA gift cards and other merchandise.
The more recent incidents marked the second time in less than a month that bogus money had been reported in that community.
On Sept. 26, Marlette police issued an alert about counterfeit $20 and $5 bills being circulated at businesses over a period of days.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.