Senior Special Agent K.C. Allman of the U.S. Secret Service will be on hand to teach Sumiton business owners about the dangers of counterfeit bills and how to protect themselves from receiving the fake money. This will include tips on identifying counterfeit bills and what to do if they encounter a fake bill.
Sumiton police said that the topic is especially timely because a couple of local businesses have recently received counterfeit bills, and the holiday season brings an increase of business and increases exposure to potential counterfeiting.
The SBA was started this year to create a partnership between business owners and Sumiton police and fire officials.
Regular meetings of the SBA will be held quarterly at the city’s community center, but at the group’s first meeting, the local business owners expressed an interest and need for this type of training, leading the city to host this special educational meeting.
Mayor Petey Ellis and Council Member Bill Fowler, who attended the first SBA meeting, supported the effort, saying that opening the lines of communication and meeting the needs of the community were the reasons that the business alliance was formed initially.
The meeting is open to business owners inside the city of Sumiton. For more information, contact the Sumiton Police Department at (205) 648-3261.
The city asks that anyone planning to attend the meeting call the department so they can get an attendee count. A light dinner will be served.