Kingston Police alert public of counterfeit currency after series of incidents

Counterfeit currency recently used in Kingston. Photo via Kingston Police.

Kingston Police have released the above photo and are alerting the public after a series of incidents involving counterfeit currency culminated in the arrest of a local individual.

Police issued the alert just before 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, and outlined four incidents where counterfeit United States (US) currency was used king Kingston. First, on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, a $20 counterfeit US bill was used at a restaurant in city’s west end, Kingston Police said. The person who used the fake money then took a cab from the restaurant and used another counterfeit US bill to pay the fare – police pieced this information together after both the restaurant and the taxi company contacted Kingston Police about the counterfeit money.

Police said an investigation was then commenced and, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, the same individual entered a store on Princess Street in the downtown core and selected various pieces of merchandise. The accused individual then paid for those items with counterfeit US currency, according to police. The same day, a local restaurant received an order for a pizza to be delivered. A pizza was subsequently delivered to an address in the area of Kingscourt Avenue, police said, and the accused individual – who’d ordered the pizza – paid for the food with a counterfeit US currency. The delivery driver noticed the money was fraudulent a short time later and contacted police.

Two days later, on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, the individual accused of using the counterfeit currency was located by Kingston Police, and was charged with four counts of “utter counterfeit money” or the use of counterfeit currency.

“Police are advising that all the counterfeit currency that was used had the same serial number #JE62455000B. Additionally, all the counterfeit United States bills were in twenty-dollar denominations,” Kingston Police said in the press release.

“There may be other counterfeit twenty-dollar United States bills circulating in the community with this same serial number and police are advising local businesses to be on the lookout for this fraudulent currency.”

Anyone with information about the counterfeit currency or who may have any counterfeit currency in their possession is asked to contact Kingston Police at 613-549-4660.

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