A woman has been linked to the use of counterfeit currency in south eastern New South Wales.
Shoalhaven Police are investigating reports of counterfeit $50 notes being passed – and attempting to be passed – by a number of men and women onto dozens of businesses throughout Nowra since Monday.
Just after midday on Tuesday, a woman allegedly purchased goods at a chemist in Nowra using counterfeit $50 notes.
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Following investigations by Nowra Police, a 28-year-old woman was arrested in Kinghorne Street, Nowra, about 12.50pm on Wednesday.
The North Nowra woman was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with utter counterfeit currency, dishonestly obtain property by deception, and assault police.
She has been granted bail and is due to appear at Nowra Local Court on Monday May 9.
As investigations continue, police are reminding all local business owners to be vigilant when receiving $50 notes as payment.
Australia’s banknotes have a range of security features that can be used to check if they are genuine.
For more information about security features and what to do with counterfeit banknotes visit the Reserve Bank of Australia’s website at www.banknotes.rba.gov.au.
Anyone who comes into contact with suspicious notes is asked to handle the note as little as possible and store it in an envelope.
If possible, note down any identifying features of the person who handed it to them, and promptly notify police.
Anyone with any information about the illegal production of currency, or its distribution, is asked to contact local police or Crime Stoppers.