In the last week, the police in Østfold have seized two fake 500-notes that have been used in two shops in Sarpsborg.
On Monday, a man in Sarpsborg was held back by security guards after he allegedly tried to use a fake 500 note at Storbyen shopping center.
On Wednesday, the police received another report of a person who had used a fake 500 note – this time at the Spar store on Klavestadhaugen, the newspaper Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad writes.
Police have searched the homes of both suspects.
“We had several such cases in the last year. It started last spring, and as of today, a total of eight cases have been opened in Sarpsborg concerning counterfeit banknotes,” police chief Aksel Smestad Jacobsen at the Sarpsborg police station told Sarpsborg Arbeiderblad.
The counterfeit banknotes have been routinely sent to Kripos for further analysis.
“Kripos stated that someone simply copied a 500-note and printed out the banknotes using an ordinary inkjet printer,” Jacobsen said.
The police do not know who produced the counterfeit banknotes and do not know the extent of the counterfeiting.
Anyone found guilty of forging money risks up to three years in prison. If the situation is considered serious, the penalty is ten years in prison.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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