Counterfeit American bills are being passed around town. (Citizen file)

Counterfeit American bills are being passed around town. (Citizen file)

Vancouver Island merchants warned to be on the lookout for fake American cash

Two suspects sought in counterfeit currency operation after Cowichan raid

Arrest warrants for two suspects are being sought as part of an ongoing investigation into a counterfeit U.S. currency operation in the region according to police.

“Over the past several months a number of counterfeit American bills have been passed at businesses throughout the Cowichan Valley. Police have identified two suspects, a man and woman who are believed to be working together and passing the counterfeit money,” said Cpl. Trevor March of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP’s Street Crime Unit.

On Saturday, Jan. 12 police raided a home in the 7800-block of Westholme Road in relation to the activity.

March and the RCMP are asking businesses to be “extra vigilant” when accepting American currency.

Those who suspect a counterfeit note or have information about counterfeiting activity are asked report it to their local police detachment.

For more information about how to recognize counterfeit currency see the Bank of Canada Counterfeit Prevention website.

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