Walvis police confiscate N$23 000 in fake notes

26 Oct 2015 15:20pm
WALVIS BAY, 26 OCT (NAMPA) - Three men were arrested after N.dollars 23 200 in counterfeit money was found in their possession in Walvis Bay’s Kuisebmond residential area on Thursday.
The fake N.dollars 200 notes were suspected to have been photocopied in Kuisebmond.
They are Eugene Taley, 25; Mbajaroko Slinger; 22 and the 18-year-old Elricko Elvis Witbooi.
The police also confiscated the photocopy machine used to make the counterfeit notes.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Chief of Operations in the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu told a media briefing on Monday the police received information regarding the circulation of fake banknotes, which led to the arrest.
The suspects appeared in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Friday and were released on bail of N.dollars 3 000 each.
They are expected to appear in the same court on 15 December 2015.
“These suspects target shebeens and taxis to collect real money. They pay with the counterfeit money and receive their change in real money,” he said.
Nelumbu used the opportunity to warn members of the community and business people to inspect the money they receive as he believes there are more counterfeit notes in circulation.
“People should surrender counterfeit money to the police because we will arrest anyone found using it to buy goods,” said the commissioner.