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Counterfeit US Currency Alert in Portage la Prairie

A Counterfeit US $100 bill Used in  Portage la Prairie.
Counterfeit US Bill photo provided by RCMP.

By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune

Portage la Prairie, December 23, 2023 - RCMP in Portage la Prairie were alerted to a potentially widespread counterfeit currency issue after a male suspect successfully used a counterfeit $100 US banknote at a local business on Saskatchewan Avenue.

The incident, which occurred at approximately 1:15 pm on December 15, prompted Portage la Prairie RCMP to launch an investigation. According to reports, the suspect entered the store hours before the counterfeit discovery, casually using the fake banknote to complete a purchase.

The cashier's vigilant inspection revealed that while the counterfeit US banknote appeared authentic at first glance, its texture and feel raised suspicions. Law enforcement was promptly notified, but the suspect had already left the premises.

Police are now concerned that other local businesses may fall victim to this counterfeit scheme and are urging all establishments to exercise caution when accepting $100 US banknotes. They advise businesses and individuals to carefully scrutinize currency for authenticity.

The investigation is ongoing, with Portage la Prairie RCMP working diligently to identify and apprehend the suspect behind this counterfeit operation. In the meantime, concerned parties are encouraged to visit the Bank of Canada's counterfeit prevention website for tips on detecting counterfeit currency.

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