Teller spots fake notes, calls cops

2016-01-08 13:51

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Pietermaritzburg - The actions of an alert, quick-thinking cashier resulted in the arrest of a woman using counterfeit money to make a deposit in the city on Thursday.

According to Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Joshua Maistry, at about midday yesterday an employee at the Raisethorpe Shoprite Checkers branch was helping a woman who was allegedly in possession of counterfeit R200 notes.

Maistry said the woman approached the cashier for assistance to make a deposit of R2 300 and then produced the money mostly in R200 notes.

The cashier immediately noticed the difference in the notes while she was counting the money and notified her manager.

Police were informed and raced to the shop where they arrested the customer for being in possession of counterfeit money.

“The fake notes were handed in at the police station as evidence against the accused,” Maistry said.

The woman (30) will appear in court shortly.

Maistry warned Pietermaritzburg residents about fake notes that are currently in circulation.

“Station management would like to commend the teller for being so alert by identifying the fake R200 notes.

“By doing so we were able to apprehend the accused from further dealing with fake money,” Maistry said.

“The community is urged to be alert at all time when dealing with money.”

Any person with information regarding fake money should contact police’s duty officer on 079 500 1269 or Mountain Rise police station’s acting station commander Colonel Boxer Pillay on 082 418 2018.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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