Counterfeit money seized; man charged, NSW

A man has been charged after counterfeit notes were seized on the Mid North Coast yesterday.

Police were called to a fast-food outlet on Bold Street, Laurieton, about 3.30pm (Thursday 17 January 2019), after it was reported a man had attempted to use a counterfeit $50 note.

Officers from Mid North Coast Police District attended and arrested a 36-year-old man nearby.

During a search of the man’s vehicle, police located and seized $1600 worth of counterfeit notes.

The Berala man was arrested and taken to Port Macquarie Police Station where he was charged with utter counterfeit money knowing it to be counterfeit (x2), possess counterfeit money, and goods in personal custody.

He was refused bail to appear at Port Macquarie Local Court today (Thursday 17 January 2019).

Investigations into the use of counterfeit money in the region is continuing and police are urging local businesses to check all $50 notes received within the past couple of days.

Anyone who believes they have detected counterfeit notes is urged to contact police.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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