The Financial Crime Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division is asking the public’s assistance to identify several suspects in a recent rash of counterfeit American bills in our area.
Since September 10, there have been at least 25 reported cases where someone paid for a purchase with counterfeit American $50 bills. Businesses all over the region were targeted and several thousand dollars worth of counterfeit bills were used. Investigators are working on these incidents, which they believe are connected.
Investigators are releasing three pictures of individuals suspected of paying for merchandise with counterfeit bills. The details of each incident are listed below:
- 14-133212 – white man in his twenties, with short brown hair and a sleeve tattoo on his right arm. He paid for merchandise with a large number of counterfeit bills at Halifax Shopping Centre on September 12 at 6:30 p.m. He left the area in a white Mercedes SUV
- 14-135532 – believed to be the same individual as above. He paid for merchandise with counterfeit bills at Halifax Shopping Centre on September 10 at 7 p.m.
- 14-133802 – Two black women in their twenties. They paid for merchandise with counterfeit bills at Sobeys, located at 1120 Queen Street in Halifax on September 13 at 8 p.m.
Anyone with information about these suspects is asked to call police at 902-490-5016. The Financial Crime Unit reminds business owners of the importance of taking a close look at all cash before accepting it as tender. Police should be contacted at 902-490-5020 immediately if store keepers come into possession of a bill they believe is counterfeit, or if someone attempts to use a bill that appears counterfeit. Visit http://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/counterfeit-prevention/ (Canadian currency) and http://www.secretservice.gov/know_your_money.shtml (American currency) for more information about bank note security features and how to prevent fraud.