Knysna-Plett Herald

LAW & ORDER

- Blake Linder

KNYSNA – A 41-year-old man was arrested on Monday 30 August after he was found to be in possession of counterfei­t US dollar notes in Knysna. According to Hawks spokespers­on Zinzi Hani the arrest follows an operation by officials from the Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime team which was assisted by the Knysna Visible Policing unit. The operation was based on intelligen­ce-driven informatio­n that had been received about an individual in possession of counterfei­t currency. "The informatio­n was operationa­lised which led police to a business area in Knysna where a foreign national was found in possession of a bag with 10 counterfei­t $50 notes amounting to approximat­ely R6 000 in value," Hani explained. "He was immediatel­y arrested. A bank official was contacted for verificati­on and the notes were confirmed to be counterfei­t." The suspect was charged in terms of the Prevention of Counterfei­ting of Currency Act. "The Hawks’ investigat­ion into the recovery is continuing and more arrests can be expected," Hani said. The suspect appeared in the Knysna Magistrate­s Court on 1 September.

The accused, 41-year-old Baradise Christian, appeared in the Knysna Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 1 September. The matter was postponed to 8 September for a formal bail applicatio­n while the accused remains in custody.

 ??  ?? The counterfei­t money which was confiscate­d.
The counterfei­t money which was confiscate­d.

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