Counterfeit cash in Fort St. John, charges pending

One person has been charged, with more charges pending against other suspects tied to a counterfeit money operation in Fort St. John.

The Fort St. John RCMP released few details of the charges of their investigation in a public service announcement Feb. 12, saying only that police have received several complaints about the fake cash in the last three weeks.

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"The counterfeit money being used is made of paper with some parts of polymer from real money glued on to the bill which causes them to look and feel different than real currency," RCMP said.

One person has been charged for uttering counterfeit money in relation to some of these complaints, RCMP said. Several other suspects have been identified with charge recommendations being forwarded to the courts.

RCMP released the following tips to check whether your cash is phony:

  • The new Bank of Canada notes are made of polymer which should feel like a smooth plastic on the fingers. The counterfeit money currently being used in Fort St John is made of paper and is not as smooth;

  • The semi-transparent polymer features on the Bank of Canada notes are marked with the numerical value of the note, for example a $5 note will have the number five marked on the semi-transparent feature. The counterfeit money currently being used in Fort St John has, for example, the semi-transparent portion of a $5 bill on a $100 counterfeit note.

Businesses are urged to keep any suspected counterfeit money and call police immediately.

Anyone with information to aid the investigation is asked to call the detachment at 250-787-8100. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

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