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dodgy money Gardaí remind public to be aware of fake notes following seizure of €94k of counterfeit currency

Gardaí in Laois, Offaly and Kildare carried out searches this week following an increase of counterfeit currency being posted into Ireland

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Some of the counterfeit currency seized

Some of the counterfeit currency seized

Some of the counterfeit currency seized

Gardaí have seized almost €100,000 of counterfeit currency in recent days.

Gardaí in Laois, Offaly and Kildare carried out searches this week following an increase of counterfeit currency being posted into Ireland.

During one search, more than €94,000 of counterfeit currency was seized in all denominations.

A 20-year-old female was arrested at the scene but was released without charge. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Counterfeit note

Counterfeit note

Counterfeit note

A second search was carried out and €5,000 of counterfeit currency was seized.

A 21-year-old male was arrested, who was later charged and remanded in custody.

Gardaí have warned that incidents of counterfeit and prop money being posted into the country are becoming more frequent and there has been an increase in the tendering of such fraudulent notes.

A garda spokesperson said: “In many cases, business owners are detecting people using counterfeit €50 notes to buy small items.

“Gardaí wish to remind the public, and in particular business owners and their staff, to be on the lookout for counterfeit notes (not just €50 notes, but all denominations) and if presented to retain the note and contact Gardaí.”

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