Counterfeit money suspects granted bail

12 Feb 2017 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 12 FEB (NAMPA) – Two suspects arrested for using counterfeit money at a shebeen in Windhoek, were on Monday granted bail following their first court appearance.
Simon Christian, 25, and Armas Johannes, 33, were granted bail of N.dollars 2 500 each in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court.
The suspects appeared before Magistrate Antonius Shapumba and their case was remanded to 26 April 2017 to allow them to apply for legal aid and for further police investigation.
The two suspects were arrested last Friday for using counterfeit money to buy alcohol at a shebeen in the Otjomuise residential area.
A statement issued by the Bank of Namibia (BoN) on Tuesday said upon inspection of the bank notes, the shebeen owner noticed they were not genuine and immediately notified the Namibian Police, who apprehended the suspects.
According to the Central Bank, the suspects allegedly spent about N.dollars 2 800 in counterfeit notes at several other shebeens, while one of the suspects was caught with N.dollars 4 000 in counterfeit notes on his person.
The suspects are charged with contravening Section 25 of the BoN Act read with the Prevention of Counterfeit Currency Act (16) of 1965.
The suspects reportedly made use of a normal printing machine to copy the banknotes and ordinary scissors to cut the notes to size.
The BoN issued a warning in January after a video circulated on social media of three men caught by the police while forging N.dollars 100 and N.dollars 200 banknotes.
The suspects were found with N.dollars 28 100 in counterfeit notes, of which N.dollars 5 000 was half printed.
The bank warned members of the public to be vigilant at all times, know the banknotes’ features and report any suspicious actions.