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Barrie police make arrest in counterfeit money laundering scheme

Posted February 26, 2014

A male and female face several fraud related charges related to $100 bills in counterfeit money passed around several Ontario communities, including in Beeton.

Over the past two months, Barrie police reported a "sharp increase in fraudulent canadian paper bills being tendered at local businesses." A subsequent investigation identified a pair of suspects.

"The investigation revealed that between December 30th 2013 and February 25th 2014, the couple passed in excess of 30 counterfeit $100 bills to unsuspecting victims in Barrie, Bradford, Beeton and Markham," according to the press release from Barrie police. "In most cases a small purchase was made and a significant amount of real money recieved in exchange for the bogus bills. Both the male and female are now facing several charges including uttering counterfeit money, breach of recognizance and breach of probation."

On Tues., Feb. 25th, a 29 year old Barrie female and a 29 year old Brampton male were arrested and a search warrant was executed at a Barrie residence. A vehicle was seized as offence related property, a large quantity of cash and numerous counterfeit bills. Both were held pending a bail hearing.

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