32-year-old man arrested for using fake ringgit in 2 cases

Two counterfeit bills - one RM100 and one RM50 - were used in the incident. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - A 32-year-old man has been arrested for using counterfeit Malaysian ringgit in two cases in Singapore, the police said in a statement on Monday (Jan 22).

A 67-year-old man had made a police report on Jan 9 saying that he received two pieces of counterfeit ringgit.

One was a RM100 bill, and the other was a RM50 bill.

After conducting follow-up investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the case in Woodlands Centre Road on Saturday.

He is believed to be involved in a second case of using counterfeit ringgit, preliminary investigations showed.

Anyone convicted of using counterfeit currency notes as genuine ones can be jailed for up to 20 years and fined.

The police advised the public to adopt the following measures if they receive a suspected counterfeit currency note:

- Delay the presenter, if possible, and call the police at 999 immediately;

- Observe the presenter's description, such as gender, race, age, height, built, clothing, language or dialect spoken and any special features such as tattoo marks as well as that of any companions;

- Note the vehicle registration number (if any); and

- Limit the handling of the suspected counterfeit note and place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope, to prevent any tampering, and hand it over to the police immediately.

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