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Lismore man charged with counterfeiting money

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How to spot a fake note. (supplied)
How to spot a fake note. (supplied)

Lismore detectives have charged a man with making counterfeit money and stealing offences, and a woman for an offence related to stolen property.

Police will allege that a 27-year-old Lismore man has entered a Goonellabah store and made an $0.80 purchase with a $50.00 note on 3 August.

As he left the store the cashier saw the note was a counterfeit. She noted the numberplate of his car and advised police.

On Thursday, 18 August, police allege the man has attended a retail store on Wyrallah Road, East Lismore.

The man has quickly walked into the store, grabbed hold of the cash register and carried it out of the shop.

The victim gave chase but the offender drove away with the register and approximately $400 in cash.

The accused driving away from the store in the same car used at Goonellabah.

On 19 August police executed a search warrant in a Goonellabah Motel. They have seized a computer printer that they will allege was stolen.

On the 23 August the man was stopped in the same car where he failed a roadside drug test.

He was placed under arrest and taken to Lismore Police Station.

There he was charged with Make Counterfeit Money, Utter Counterfeit Money, Larceny and Receiving stolen Goods.

A 43-year-old Goonellabah woman has also been charged with Receiving Stolen Goods.

Both will appear in Lismore Local Court next month.

Police said people should be aware that there may be more fake $50.00 notes out there.

‘Remember that they are generally poor quality, do not have the watermarks, the ink will run and they can be torn,’ police said.

If you have any knowledge about anyone making or using counterfeit money please call your local police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000


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