From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Four arrested with fake new notes
By Mohamed Kanu
Jun 1, 2010, 17:14

The Sierra Leone Police have on diverse dates arrested four Sierra Leoneans in the process of transacting business with counterfeit notes. This was disclosed in the weekly Police press briefing at their Freetown headquarters.

According to the Assistance Inspector General of Police Francis Munu, investigations led the police to the discovery of machine the perpetrators allegedly use to print fake notes. He said they included Obai Sesay of Crowther Street, Alusine Bangura and Francis Boina of 6 Raider Street and Umaru Munu of Tengbeh Town all of Freetown judicial district. He revealed that the doublers have adopted a system of exchange dubbed ‘Arab money changing’ where they offer 20 thousand leones of fake notes for 10 thousand genuine ones.

AIG Munu however maintained that the SLP is in partnership with commercial and the central banks to arrest such criminals with anti-scanner machines used to detect counterfeit notes. He therefore encouraged members of the public to be watchful so that they cannot fall victims.

In her presentation while distinguishing the difference between counterfeit and genuine notes, a Central Bank representative said there are some anti-scanner features on the new resized notes which cannot be easily detected by the public. She also cautioned the public to be very vigilant and watchful.

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