Alleged counterfeiter arrested in Nuku'alofa

    Nuku'alofa – A 42-year-old man from Halaleva has been arrested by police in connection with production of fake currency amounting to TP$150 on March 19.

    Police also seized a color printer allegedly to have been used to print out the counterfeit currency.

    The accused is remanded in custody to appear at the Nuku'alofa Magistrate Court.

    Statement from Tonga Police says Police believe Counterfeit currency is currently in circulation and is warning members of the Public to check all pa’anga notes before accepting them.

    There are security features printed on the Tongan pa'anga notes to ensure genuiness. 

    These security features includes watermark of the King's image visible when note is held up to the light, a security thread is embedded inside the note and visible silver dashes on the fronts of the $1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and $50 denominations and NRBT.

    Tonga Police Serious Crimes Unit investigation continues.

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