Pair charged for passing bogus bills

Local businesses reported a sharp increase in the passing of phoney bills over January and February, Barrie police say. An investigation yielded results, say police, with two suspects being identified and subsequently charged.
On Tuesday, police arrested a Barrie female and a Brampton male, both 29, executing a search warrant at a Barrie residence.
The investigation, police found, revealed that between Dec. 30 and Feb. 25 the couple allegedly passed in excess of 30 counterfeit $100 bills to unsuspecting victims in Barrie, Bradford, Beeton and Markham. In most cases a small purchase was made and a significant amount of real money taken in exchange for the bogus bills, police allege. Both the male and female are now facing several charges including uttering counterfeit money, breach of recognizance and breach of probation.
As a result of the search warrant a vehicle was seized as offence related property, as well as a large quantity of cash and numerous counterfeit bills.
Both were held pending a bail hearing. Although several victims have been identified, police believe there are several others and the investigation is continuing.

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