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November 25, 2010 - 11:24AM
Police have warned
the public to be careful when
dealing with $50 notes after
thousands of fakes were seized in
raids in Sydney and in the United
large commercial printing machines
and more than 800 counterfeit $50
banknotes were found in police raids
in Sydney's eastern and
south-western suburbs on Wednesday (AEDT).
the same time, the US Secret Service
seized more than 900 counterfeit
Australian $50 notes in San
Francisco and arrested a 36-year-old
Another 6000 counterfeit notes were
found during a seven-month
Australian Federal Police (AFP)
Commander David Steward said people
should be cautious when dealing with
$50 notes because some fake money
was still in circulation.
want to just encourage people to
take care when they're using ATMs,
particularly, and they're coming
across $50 notes."
fake notes are softer, lighter and
if you scratch your finger nail
across the translucent window the
star can be removed, he told
reporters on Thursday.
April this year, the Reserve Bank of
Australia (RBA) discovered that a
number of high quality counterfeit
banknotes were circulating in
informed the federal police, who
began investigating in conjunction
with the NSW Police's Strike Force
Raptor, which had been formed to
investigate bikie gangs after a
murder at Sydney airport.
men, aged 39 and 45, from Sylvania,
in Sydney, have been charged with
various offences under the Crimes
(Currency) Act and are due to appear
in court on Thursday.
younger man will be in Sydney's
Central Local Court while the older
man is due to appear in Sutherland
40-year-old Campsie man faced
Burwood Local Court on Wednesday on
charges related to counterfeit
currency and was refused bail and
remanded to December 6.
33-year-old Vaucluse man and a
37-year-old Caringbah man have been
charged with offences related to
counterfeit currency and given
Chief Superintendent Mal Lanyon,
director organised crime
directorate, said the 45-year-old
man from Sylvania had links to the
Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.
is probably the most obvious example
where we've had evidence that
(bikies have had) an involvement in
there," Supt Lanyon said.
"Outlaw motorcycle gangs represent
organised criminal groups, as a
result they're very fluid and
they're prepared to move across a
range of criminal activity."
say drugs were also seized in the
34-year-old Bondi man has been
charged with attempted possession of
three kilograms of cocaine and is
due to appear at Central Local Court
RBA says the fake banknotes are good
quality but not perfect.
counterfeits that have been seized
are a good quality reproduction of a
banknote," it says in a statement on
"However, they can be identified as
counterfeits by checking the