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Charlottetown police tell businesses to be on lookout for counterfeit bills

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

A 26-year-old Charlottetown man was charged after trying to use counterfeit money.

Charlottetown police are warning local businesses that counterfeit 100 and 50 dollar bills are being passed to unsuspecting business employees. 

Since Dec. 9, police have received three separate reports of counterfeit money. 

Employees should be vigilant when accepting bills from customers.

The bills resemble the newer polymer notes currently in circulation, but are slightly off in colour and have taped on security features.

On Dec.11, police received a complaint that a man was attempting to pass counterfeit bills at a business on University Avenue.  

An officer with the Street Crime Unit dressed in plain clothing was in the area at that time and was able to quickly locate and arrest the man.  

The man was subsequently charged with uttering counterfeit money and breach of probation. 

He was released from custody and will appear in provincial court at a later date.

Anyone with information may contact police at 902-629-4172 or P.E.I. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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