A 27-year-old male Singaporean was arrested for his suspected involvement in the use of a counterfeit S$100 note.
Charged on July 3
The police said that they received a report on July 2, at around 9am, that a piece of counterfeit S$100 Portrait Series note had allegedly been used to purchase an item along Geylang Road.
Through follow-up investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the man and arrested him within nine to 10 hours of the report being made.
Six pieces of S$10 notes and three pieces of S$2 notes, believed to be criminal proceeds, were seized.
The man was charged in court on July 3, 2021 and remanded for further investigations.
Anyone convicted for the offence of using as genuine counterfeit currency notes, under Section 489B of the Penal Code (Chapter 224, 2008 Rev Ed), shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 20 years, and shall also be liable to a fine.
What to do if you encounter possible counterfeit notes
Information on the security features of genuine Singapore currency is available on the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s website.
Members of the public who suspect that they have received a possible counterfeit note should call the police immediately and note down the description of the person(s) who presented the counterfeit note (e.g. gender, race, age, height, built, clothing) and description of the vehicle used, if any.
They should also limit the handling of the suspected counterfeit note and place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope or folded paper, to prevent further tampering and hand it over to the police immediately.
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