Phoney bills hit Alberni

Oceanside RCMP are investigating three separate instances of high-quality counterfeit $100 bills being passed at local businesses including some in Alberni.

High-quality counterfeit $100 bills have shown up in Port Alberni, police report.

The Oceanside RCMP detachment is investigating three separate instances of high-quality counterfeit $100 bills being passed at local businesses.

In all three instances the bills show the common serial No. JMM1M01001.

Similar bills have shown up Nanaimo, Campbell River, Duncan, West Shore, Saanich, and in Victoria, and RCMP are asking businesses to ensure their employees are aware of $100 bills with this serial number.

There were two instances in May where a male and a female suspect were witnessed passing on the bills.

In the first instance, a Caucasian male described a six feet tall was seen passing a fake bill.

In the second instance, a female suspect was described as early 30s, five-foot-four, heavyset with light brown hair in a bun, wearing a grey top and carrying a large silver bag. She might go by the name ‘Bailey’.

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111.

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