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2 charged for alleged involvement in distribution of fake $100 notes

 Two people have been charged for their alleged involvement in the distribution of fake $100 notes. In a statement, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the two are a 32-year-old businessman and a 20-year-old woman both of Nadi. Naisoro said the duo been charged with one count of uttering and possession of counterfeit notes. They will […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 20, 2016 12:19 pm

 Two people have been charged for their alleged involvement in the distribution of fake $100 notes.

In a statement, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the two are a 32-year-old businessman and a 20-year-old woman both of Nadi.

Naisoro said the duo been charged with one count of uttering and possession of counterfeit notes.

They will be produced at the Nadi Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Police are currently questioning two people in relation to their alleged involvement in the printing and distribution of fake notes.

A scanned version of the fake $100note discovered in the Western Division. (Fiji Police Force)
A scanned version of the fake $100note discovered in the Western Division. (Fiji Police Force)

Chief of Intelligence and Investigations, ACP Luke Navela said it has been established that the fake $100 notes have been used in other outlets throughout the Western Division.

NAVELA: “This was revealed by one of the suspects and members of the public are once again requested to keep a look out for $100 notes with the following serial numbers, FFA2759142 and FFA2759138.”

“The team tasked with investigating the case is working on verifying this information and as such we are requesting the assistance of the general public to call Crimestoppers on 919 or their nearest Police station.”

A woman was taken in for questioning yesterday for her alleged involvement in the printing and distribution of fake notes in a Nadi nightclub over the weekend.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the businessman who was taken in on Monday continues to be questioned as investigations continue.

Another team of officers from CID headquarters in Suva has been sent to assist the team in Nadi.

A man is being questioned at the Nadi Police Station for his alleged involvement in the printing of fake notes that have recently been discovered in the Western Division.

Chief of Intelligence and Investigations, ACP Luke Navela said a team of officers including personnel from the CID headquarters in Suva and Lautoka are working on the case.

Police investigations continue.

Another fake $100 note with serial number ‘FF2759142’ was discovered by a 28-year-old businesswoman of Namosau in Ba yesterday.

Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said the woman noticed the fake note while counting cash.

WEICAVU: “Similar bills were discovered at a renowned night club in Nadi on early Saturday morning. It is believed that this fake $100 bills are currently circulating in the western division.”

“Business owners are requested to check all $100 notes presented at their business these days, especially those trading in the night.”

Inspector Weicavu said business owners are to properly check all $100 bills tendered at their business. The recent counterfeit notes discovered don’t have the following features:

  • No watermark of the “FIJIAN HEAD”
  • No hidden text.
  • No Optik thread – Notes that do not have the 18mm wide OPTIKS security thread.
  • and normal paper is used.

Members of the public with information on people producing counterfeit notes are requested to call Crime Stoppers on 919.

Police in Nadi are investigating a case of fake notes discovered at a nightclub in Nadi early yesterday morning.

Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said a cashier of a renowned Night Club in Nadi discovered seventeen $100 counterfeits notes whilst counting cash during stock taking.

Inspector Weicavu said ten of the $100 notes had the serial number ‘FFA2759142’ while the remaining seven $100 notes had ‘FFA2759138’.

WEICAVU: “Business owners operating in the night are advised to check all the notes cashed at their counter these days. Perpetrators may trade fake notes at night clubs, service stations, BBQ stalls and some other retail business operating in the night.”

Members of the public with information on people producing counterfeit notes are requested to call Crime Stoppers on 919.

Inspector Weicavu said Police investigations continue.

Police in Tavua are investigating a case of an alleged fake $20 note that was discovered at a Supermarket in Tavua yesterday afternoon.

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Police spokesperson Inspector Josaia Weicavu said the fake $20 note with serial number ‘FFA0413095’ was discovered by an 18-year-old cashier whilst counting cash.

WEICAVU: “Members of the public with information of people producing counterfeit notes are requested to call Crime Stoppers on 919 and  police investigations continue.”

Inspector Weicavu said the note has been sent to the Reserve Bank of Fiji for verification.

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