301.24 Counterfeit and Altered U. S. Currency (REV. 03-2013)
(1) Officers receiving calls concerning altered currency shall observe these procedures:
a. Do NOT make a Denver Police Department General Occurrence report. These violations are
typically within the jurisdiction of the U. S. Secret Service and will be investigated by agents
assigned to this Federal agency.
b. If there is a definite investigative lead present, request contact from a Secret Service agent
through the Denver 911 dispatcher.
c. If there is no investigative lead present:
1. Confiscate the counterfeit or altered currency. See OMS 301.01 (9). The officers may
give the complainant a receipt for the item(s) confiscated.
2. Write a statement describing the circumstances of the incident. Be certain to include
all relevant information.
3. Seal the suspected counterfeit currency and completed statement in an envelope and
address it to: U.S. Secret Service, 5619 DTC Pkwy, Suite 400, Greenwood Village, CO
80111.
4. Place the sealed, addressed envelope in the inter-department mail for postage.
(2) Officers contacting suspects:
a. If the suspect has two or more counterfeit or altered bills, notify the Secret Service immediately
to determine investigative and level of response requirements.
1. If the Secret Service determines the elements of offense do not meet a federal
violation, the Denver Police Fraud Unit should be contacted and advised of the
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circumstances. If appropriate, suspects shall be charged at the state level (i.e. Forgery
or Possession of a Forged Instrument) and processed according to OMS 303.05.
2. Forged currency shall be placed in the Fraud Unit’s locked evidence box only if criminal
charges are pending and only if the Secret Service has been notified.
b. If the suspect has only a single counterfeit or altered bill, confiscate the bill, complete a Street
Check, and forward all to the Secret Service as outlined in OMS 301.24(1)c.
(3) The Secret Service telephone number, 303-850-2700, is answered by an agent twenty-four (24) hours
a day. Officers are encouraged to call this office for any assistance or information they may require
regarding suspicious bills and similar situations. The Secret Service has jurisdiction over violations
involving the counterfeiting of United States obligations and securities. Some of the counterfeited
United States obligations and securities commonly investigated by the Secret Service include U.S.
currency (to include coins), U.S. Treasury checks, Department of Agriculture food coupons and U.S.
postage stamps.