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Two arrested following significant counterfeit money seizure…

PRINCE GEORGE, BC: On Monday March 19th, 2018, general duty officers entered yet another counterfeit investigation, this time centered on the production and distribution of counterfeit Canadian $100 bills.

On Thursday March 22nd, 2018, a Prince George RCMP Municipal Traffic Services member conducted a vehicle stop after receiving a suspicious vehicle report on the 1700 block of 8th Avenue in Prince George. Through investigation, two of the five occupants of the vehicle were subsequently arrested for Counterfeit related offences and transported to the Detachment. Seventeen counterfeit $50 US bills were seized.

On Friday March 23rd, 2018, members of the Prince George RCMP’s General Duty Section attended a motel room in Bear Lake, BC, approximately 70 kilometres north of Prince George. A search warrant was executed and evidence of the production of counterfeit currency was seized, including over $8000 in counterfeit Canadian $100 bills and over $2500 in counterfeit American $50 bills, were seized.

During this investigation, nearly $12,000 in Canadian and American counterfeit currency was seized.

Cole Patrick McINTYRE-HARTWICK, a 20 year old man that recently relocated to Prince George from Alberta, has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Production of Counterfeit Currency
  • Distribution of Counterfeit Currency
  • Offer to Sell Counterfeit Money
  • Use Counterfeit Money as if it were Genuine (3 counts)

McINTYRE-HARTWICK appeared in Provincial Court on Monday and was remanded in custody at least until his next court appearance scheduled for April 25th, 2018.

A female under the age of 18 has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

  • Production of Counterfeit Currency
  • Possession of Counterfeit Currency

The female appeared in Provincial Court on Monday March 26th and was released on documents to appear in court on a future date.

Investigators believe that there is approximately $2000 in counterfeit Canadian $100 bills still in circulation in Prince George. If examined, the bills will show obvious signs of being counterfeit and all show the same serial number, EKR2223601. If gone unchecked, the bills could pass, and have been passing, as authentic currency.

This investigation is continuing. Further arrests and charges are possible. This investigation is not associated to the College Heights counterfeit investigation last week.

Police are asking everyone in the community that handles cash as part of their job, to take the time and check each and every bill received to help ensure its authenticity, whether the currency is Canadian or American.

Canadian currency has a number of built in security features to help handlers detect counterfeit cash. The following Bank of Canada web page fully describes these security features with accompanying photographs:

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