Police allege they have arrested a couple in relation to the production of counterfeit notes.
Police allege they have arrested a couple in relation to the production of counterfeit notes.

Duo accused of producing fake money charged

TWO people police believe are involved with the production of counterfeit notes have been arrested.

Tweed-Byron duty officer Inspector Darren Steel said the two alleged producers had been using the notes in business in Tweed and Byron.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command charged a woman, 38, and man, 35, in Crabbes Creek on Sunday.

Police will allege they found counterfeit money as well as items used in the production of counterfeit money at the house.

The police launched a full-speed investigation into the counterfeit notes after business in the Tweed started getting ripped off earlier this year.

The pair were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and both were charged with possessing counterfeit money, possessing counterfeit materials and making counterfeit money.

"We have no other intelligence to suggest anyone else was involved," Insp Steel said.

The notes have been used in business since August.

The pair were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and both were charged with possessing counterfeit money, possessing counterfeit materials and making counterfeit money.

Authorities are asking business owners to be on the look out for the fake cash.

They said a banknote should be printed on polymer (plastic) and the clear window should be part of the banknote, not an addition.

"Also, you should look for the coat of arms and the federation star when the banknote is held up to the light," a police statement said.

"A 'scrunch' test will also distinguish polymer notes - which will flatten automatically - and counterfeit papers notes that will not."

Police are urging anyone with information about counterfeit notes to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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