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Police bust counterfeiters selling fake US $100 bills on Facebook

PHOTO: Police seize fake American bills in a counterfeiting raid. (via police photo)

A police raid led to uncovering an alleged counterfeiting ring that is suspected of producing 50,000 fake American banknotes in the Bangkok suburb of Nakhon Pathom. The criminal masterminds were discovered by police as they attempted the move the counterfeit bills in a not so sneaky way: advertising them for sale on Facebook.

Police opened an investigation on the operation after seeing an announcement on a Facebook page offering fake American bills for sale. The investigation led to a police raid yesterday, with officers from the Metropolitan Police Bureau joined by the Technology Crime Suppression Division converged on a house in Bang Len district of Nakhon Pathom.

Upon searching the house, police found a printing press as well as a large amount of fake American $100 bills. Police seized 36,000 of these bills as well as the printing press and arrested three suspects they have tracked down who are alleged to have said that they’d made a total of 50,000 of these counterfeit bills.

They also implicated a fourth woman who they said was the actual counterfeiter. That woman was also tracked down and arrested. Police are still searching for other possible accomplices in the counterfeiting gang.

Two of the women said that they were recruited by a third woman to sell the banknotes, which that woman apparently confirmed while telling police it was the fourth woman that actually manufactured the bills. They claim that this was their first foray into the counterfeiting business.

SOURCE: Thai PBS & Bangkok Post

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.