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Men jailed over fake money

mandela notesNtsebeng Motsoeli

MASERU — A South African man and a Mosotho man were each sentenced to two years in jail for being in possession of counterfeit money. The two appeared before the Maseru Magistrate Court this week. The SA man who stays in Katlehong Germiston and Mosotho man who stays in Ha Thetsane were caught with counterfeit money worth M6 800.  The two were found guilty of being in possession counterfeit money.

They were slapped with two years imprisonment each or a fine of M5 000 each. The suspects were charged for contravening the provisions of Section 9 (1) Proclamation 32 of 1937 as amended by Section 6 of Counterfeit Currency Act no. 11 of 1999. The suspects were caught after police received a tip-off that they were in possession of the counterfeit currency. The evidence also indicated that before their arrest, the convicts had embarked on a shopping spree.

They bought liquor and airtime from different shops and public bars using the fake money. Earlier this year a Qacha’s Nek woman was arrested for allegedly having fake Mandela Notes transferred into her bank account.  Around M161 000 was transferred into her bank account. Police had been warned previously that there was a million rand in fake money that was going to be smuggled into the country. It was also alleged that one million South African rand in counterfeit money had been smuggled into the country.

Five months ago four suspects were caught in possession of the new Mandela notes worth of M17 000. All the notes had one serial number, BJO665386. They were all R100 notes.

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