By collecting information, the criminalists of the Criminal Police Department of the Maribor Police Administration found that between September 13 and 17, 2022, in the Maribor area, in three different cases, an unknown perpetrator cashed in a total of 42 counterfeit banknotes in denominations of EUR 50 each.
He cashed the counterfeit notes in purchases of a games console and a motorcycle, which he arranged online, and cashed one at a fast food delivery service. With the aforementioned actions, the suspect obtained an illegal pecuniary benefit in the amount of 2,100 euros, the criminal investigators found.
Through an intensive collection of information, the criminal investigators have established the identity of the suspect and will file a criminal complaint against him for the listed crimes with the competent state prosecutor’s office.
More suspicious banknotes were found in his home
The police officers of PP Lenart conducted a house search of the same suspect and seized a total of 17 banknotes in denominations of 50 euros and one banknote each in denominations of 200, 100, 20, 10 and 5 euros, which are suspected to be counterfeit. As part of the investigation, in cooperation with police officers from other police stations, they conducted a house search of another suspect from the Maribor area.
“In the process, among other things, they confiscated certain items that they suspect stem from various criminal acts of theft, for which the police are still looking for their owners and we urge them to come forward (to the phone number PP Lenart, 02 729 11 50 or 113),” urged the police.
This compressor is reported to have been stolen.
Photo: PU Maribor
The two men are also suspected of committing several crimes of grand theft (Article 205 of the Criminal Code-1). Since there could be more counterfeit banknotes in circulation, citizens are urged to be careful when dealing with cash.
How do we recognize a fake?
We usually do not need any special technical devices to recognize the authenticity of money. In most cases, it is enough to look at the banknote, feel it and turn it towards the light source. Most of these counterfeits are in circulation, with imitations of some protective elements. Counterfeit banknotes can be recognized by the relief, as they often do not have it.
When the banknote is viewed against the light, the portrait watermark and security thread become visible (for larger denominations, a portrait window). When we tilt the banknote back and forth, we see a portrait of Europe in a transparent window on the silver band, and a wave of light moving up and down the number on the green number.
The criminal offense of counterfeiting money under Article 243 of the Criminal Code-1 is punishable by imprisonment from six months to eight years, and in the case of a large quantity of banknotes, from one to ten years. The crime of grand theft is punishable by up to five years in prison, the Maribor Police Department said in a statement.
Photo: PU Maribor
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