High alert for fake monies

BUSINESS owners are again being advised to carefully check money tendered into their shops after the discovery of more fake counterfeit notes in the Western Division.

Police spokesman Inspector Josaia Weicavu said more of the fake notes were found in the past few days.

“We appeal to all business owners to check all the notes tendered at their business these days,” Insp Weicavu said in a statement.

“A fake $100 note with serial number FFA2759142 and a fake $20 note bearing serial number FFA0443095 were again discovered in Lautoka and Rakiraki, respectively, on Tuesday afternoon.”

He said those were not the first time the counterfeit notes bearing similar serial numbers were discovered.

Insp Weicavu said business owners needed to call the nearest police station as soon as they found any fake note tendered at their businesses in order to identify the person behind the circulation of the notes.

“The identity of the person circulating the notes will be made known to police immediately, thus will prevent further circulation of the counterfeit notes,” Insp Weicavu said.

According to police, about 19 fake notes were found in Nadi and Ba last week.

Seventeen of the counterfeit money were discovered in a nightclub in Nadi while another two were found in a shop in Ba.

Two people appeared at the Nadi Magistrates Court last week in relation to the circulation of fake $100 bills.

The pair — businessman Kamlesh Chandra, 32, and Josivini Vameau, 20 — were each charged with one count of uttering and possession of counterfeit notes.

The two have been remanded in custody and are expected to reappear at the Nadi Magistrates Court on June 3.

More Stories