Coun­ter­feit notes found

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

SHOP­PERS and re­tail­ers in the south­ern sub­urbs have been told to be on the look out for fake $50 notes.

Coun­ter­feit notes have been re­ported in shop­ping cen­tres, ser­vice sta­tions, bak­eries, phar­ma­cies and other stores in For­rest­field, Bal­divis, Bent­ley, Vic­to­ria Park and Can­ning­ton.

The warn­ing comes af­ter of­fi­cers from Kens­ing­ton po­lice charged a 33-year-old man with sev­eral of­fences, in­clud­ing mak­ing coun­ter­feit money, which was dis­cov­ered in a raid on a Gre­gory Street prop­erty in Bel­mont.

Po­lice raided the prop­erty on Mon­day, June 29, and found hun­dreds of com­pleted and semi-com­pleted notes, com­puter equip­ment, print­ers, ink, sten­cils, dyes, a quan­tity of pa­per and other ma­te­rial used in the man­u­fac­ture of coun­ter­feit cur­rency.

Po­lice also dis­cov­ered $1370 in gen­uine Aus­tralian cur­rency, metham­phetamine and smok­ing im­ple­ments.

Po­lice al­lege at the time of the raid the man was in the process of mak­ing fake cur­rency and at­tempted to de­stroy a lap­top and nu­mer­ous notes that were nearly com­pleted.

The raid came af­ter a ve­hi­cle stop in South Perth on Mon­day, June 8, dur­ing which fake $50 notes were dis­cov­ered.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Matt Sur­man from Kens­ing­ton po­lice said it was one of the most so­phis­ti­cated oper­a­tions he had seen.

“This is not some­thing we usu­ally deal with and it is cer­tainly bet­ter qual­ity than we nor­mally see,” Det Sgt Sur­man said.

“There were notes al­ready in cir­cu­la­tion – the fake cur­rency is handed over to buy small items and gen­uine cur­rency is re­ceived in re­turn.”

Det Sgt Sur­man said po­lice were con­tin­u­ing their in­quiries in to the seizure.

“There are fur­ther in­quiries in re­la­tion to the pos­si­bil­ity it has been used to com­mit of­fences,” he said.

“An amount of coun­ter­feit money was lo­cated in the pos­ses­sion of a mem­ber of the Co­mancheros Mo­tor­cy­cle Club.

“It was about $5000 that came into their hands with- out them know­ing – they may have been fooled by it.”

Po­lice said that if any­one sus­pects they are in pos­ses­sion of coun­ter­feit money, not to han­dle it and con­tact lo­cal po­lice who, will pass it on to the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice.

The man ap­peared in court on Tues­day, June 30, and will ap­pear again on July 10.

A guide to de­tect­ing coun­ter­feit notes is avail­able on the Re­serve Bank of Aus­tralia’s web­site at www.ban­­ter­feit-de­tec­tion

Pic­tures: Tim Mayne

Det Sgt Matt Sur­man holds a le­git­i­mate $50 note, while Det Snr Const Tr­isha Lake holds up some of the coun­ter­feit $50 notes. (Be­low) The coun­ter­feits.

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