Marked bill

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Marking bills is a technique used by police to trace and identify money used in illegal activities.[1][2] The serial numbers of the bills are recorded, and sometimes markings are made on the bank notes themselves (such as with a highlighter[3] or other writing[4]).

Non-law enforcement uses of marking bills may be as simple as distinctive text[5] on the bank notes, or recording serial numbers in the event of a robbery.[6]


  1. ^ McEnroe, Paul (April 3, 2008). "Two sheriff's employees plead not guilty in FBI sting". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ Calderone, Joe; Katz, Nancie (January 31, 2002). "$18,000 MISSING IN JUDGE STING Jurist busted in payoff, but marked bills vanish". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2009-08-04. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Enforcement Procedures: Tobacco Sales to Minors" (DOC). League of Kansas Municipalities. Retrieved 2009-08-04. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Shoppers Get $1 Bills Marked as 'Evidence'". The New York Times. July 1, 1981. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  5. ^ "Group Nabbed After Fine Paid With Marked Bills". September 30, 2008. Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  6. ^ "A Guide to Robbery Prevention and Response to Robbery" (PDF). Portland Police Bureau. March 26, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 

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