Barossa police have arrested a man and a woman from Stockport north of Adelaide, following a series of counterfeit notes being passed in Adelaide’s northern suburbs and Barossa Valley in the past week.
Since Thursday 8 April, police have received a number of reports of people attending retail businesses and hotels and making payment with counterfeit $50 bank notes.
While the notes are convincing certain defective features include the seven-pointed star being out of alignment and the coat of arms not being visible when the note is held to a light source.
Today, Thursday 15 April, following a police investigation, Detectives from Barossa CIB arrested a 48-year-old man from Stockport and charged him with uttering a counterfeit note, driving unlicensed and unlawful possession.
Police also arrested a 45-year-old woman from Stockport and charged her with uttering a counterfeit note.
Both have been bailed to appear in the Tanunda Magistrates Court at a later date.
Police are requesting businesses to remain vigilant in relation to receiving counterfeit bank notes and if they receive a counterfeit note to secure the note in an envelope or paper bag and request police assistance line 131 444.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au – you can remain anonymous.
More information on detecting counterfeit notes can be found here, https://banknotes.rba.gov.au/counterfeit-detection/counterfeit-detection-guide/