Here’s a release from the Westshore RCMP’s media page. Sooke businesses and consumers might want to learn their bills.
See the Resources below for the original release as well as information on how to recognize a counterfeit bill. The security features on a Canadian $20 bill appear at the very bottom of this article.
Mounties nab suspect in production of counterfeit money
File # 2015-13570
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]A lengthy and complex investigation involving counterfeit money, which took place between February and November 2015, has led to the arrest of a Langford resident. The investigation revealed that several communities were affected, including the West Shore as well as Sooke, Saanich and Victoria.
32 year old Deborah Lynne THOMAS, has been charged with 9 counts of Uttering, Using or Exporting Counterfeit Money.
On November 25th, 2015, West Shore RCMP executed a search warrant at a home on Red Alder Crt in Langford. Over $60,000 in Canadian and US currency was seized, along with instruments used to manufacture counterfeit money.
West Shore RCMP has partnered with the US Secret Service to confirm details involving the counterfeit US currency.
THOMAS has been released on a Recognizance and is set to appear in court on December 10th at the Western Communities Courthouse (Court file 18998).
Our investigators have gathered sufficient evidence to lay these charges, said Cst. Alex Bérubé, spokesperson of the West Shore RCMP.
However, we believe that there may be more businesses who have fallen victim to these counterfeit bills and encourage them to come forward.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS.
To learn more about fake bills, visit www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes or call 1-888-513-8212.