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02 December, 2022

Man detained over fake money

Larnaca police say they got a tip about a man visiting shops with counterfeit 50-euro notes


A man in Larnaca was arrested in connection with a counterfeit money investigation, after police were told he was visiting shops in the area with fake money in his possession.

According to police, a 52-year-old male was arrested Monday on a court warrant after officers tracked him down in his vehicle at a remote location in Larnaca.

Police said they received a tip about a man who was visiting local shops in Larnaca district while having 50-euro notes in his possession that were suspected to be counterfeit. 

Officers searched the vehicle and found 19 notes of the 50-euro denomination, with all having the same serial number

A patrol car spotted the vehicle in a remote area with the suspect sitting in the car. Officers searched the vehicle and found 19 notes of the 50-euro denomination, with all having the same serial number.

The man was arrested and was taken to the Kofinou police station for questioning.

It was not clear whether he attempted to purchase anything with fake bills but police told Knews they were investigating a case of possession as well as circulation of counterfeit money. A press officer declined to say whether a complaint had been filed with police, adding the investigation was based on a tip.

The use or attempted use of counterfeit money is an offence in the Republic of Cyprus if the act is carried out knowingly and with intent, punishable with up to 15 years in prison.

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