The use of a fake $100 bill has led to charges for a 26-year-old Couchiching First Nation man, and police are asking business owners to keep an eye out for the counterfeit currency.

The Fort Frances OPP say members investigated the fake $100 bill and were able to quickly identify the suspect thanks to surveillance equipment in the victim’s business, after they reported the fake bill to authorities.

As a result, 26-year-old Brett Tuesday of Couchiching First Nation has been charged with uttering counterfeit money, and is scheduled to appear in Fort Frances courts on March 22.

Police say the following signs have been found on the counterfeit money that has been seized in the area:

- The bills are thick paper, not polymer
- The translucent plastic on these bills is actually just tape
- There are hash marks on the top right corner of the face side of the bill, or the corner is cut off
- The maple leaf on the left is not translucent, and is not a hologram

Possession, use or creation of counterfeit currency is an indictable offence punishable upon conviction by up to 14 years in prison. These bills are typically sold as props for movies or plays, and are not considered legal tender.

A fake $50 bill was seized in Kenora in December of 2020. Photo courtesy of Don Kinger.

The OPP say that you need to be especially careful during busy shopping periods, when counterfeit notes are more likely to be passed. They say you should:

- Be wary of customers who want to pay with much higher denominations of bills than needed.

- If possible, keep the suspicious bank note and record all relevant information about the bill and the person, such as denomination, serial number, time, context, physical descriptions, and vehicles and licence plates.

- Contact your local police service.

- Give the suspicious bank note to the police and request a receipt, if the note is genuine, it will be returned to you.

- Remember, someone passing a counterfeit bank note may not be aware it is fake, they could also be an unwitting victim of crime.

Anyone with any information regarding the fake currency is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

For more information:
Fake currency circulating in Kenora
Watch for counterfeit currency in Kenora