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Two alleged funny money makers arrested in Kensington, P.E.I.

Watch out for counterfeit currency in the Summerside area.
The Joint Operations Task Force arrested two people in Kensington in relation to counterfeit bills circulating in Summerside and Kensington. - 123RF Stock Photo

Two people were arrested in Kensington Friday for allegedly making counterfeit bills.

A 42-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman will face charges related to possession of counterfeit money and making counterfeit money.

Over $4,500 in fake bills, a computer, printer and other items used to produce counterfeit money were seized when a team of police searched a home in Kensington.

The Prince District Joint Force Operations Unit, comprised of RCMP, Summerside and Kensington police officers, executed the search on Aug. 16.

Kensington police chief Lewie Sutherland showed some of the counterfeit bills to council members just days prior to the arrests.

As of Aug. 12, Sutherland told council the force had six instances of the funny money being used in the town.

Initially, reports were that $100 and $50 bills were getting passed, but police warned of fake $5 bills as well.

Sutherland said the $100 and $50 bills’ hologram is of the $5 markings, while the $5 have clear tape instead of the hologram material. The serial numbers may vary. 

Kensington police are asking people to look closer at the money they are handling, and to report any money that may be counterfeit.

Business owners can stop by the Kensington police office to see examples of the false bills.  

The investigation into the counterfeit money matter is ongoing.

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