Sinoville police arrest ‘fraudsters’ with R3m counterfeit notes

Counterfeit banknotes seized. Photo: Supplied

Sinoville police have arrested two men with a large counterfeit banknote stash during an operation north of Pretoria last week.

Spokesperson Warrant Officer Johan van Dyk said the two intended to get unsuspecting victims to help them “invest” the fake money.

Van Dyk said more than R3 million of the banknotes were confiscated in the bust.

“Police received information that two foreigners contacted members of the public to ask for assistance in investing a large sum of money,” said Van Dyk.

“Apparently they offered a partnership to their would-be victims.”

Van Dyk said fortunately, the people suspected this was possibly a scam.

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“They contacted Sinoville police and collaborated with members of the SAPS to arrange a meeting with the so-called investors.”

Van Dyk said two men were arrested in possession of photocopied R100 and R200 banknotes and R3 600 000 of the fake notes were found wrapped in plastic.

“This was a massive success for the Sinoville SAPS and we thank the members of the community who aided in the arrest and recovery of the counterfeit banknotes,” he said.

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Sinoville station commander Colonel Maria Roberts also thanked the police who made the arrest.

“We thank constables Modiba Kopano, Ntshani Ronni Vusi, Johannes Tladi and Michael Makhubele,” she said.

“Their dedication to the SAPS and their community led to this success.”

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