RCMP seize $1 million in counterfeit $100 bills in Gatineau

By Dani-Elle Dubé

An intercepted package by the Canada Border Services Agency resulted in the largest seizure of counterfeit money in more than 20 years.

According to a news release from the RCMP on Friday, April 22, authorities seized $1 million in Canadian counterfeit bills at the border.

As a result, a man and a woman were arrested and questioned after a search warrant was executed at a home in Gatineau.

Some electronic devices were seized.

The two are expected to face charges in the coming days.

The investigation revealed that the fake banknotes had been imported from abroad through a website.

The National Anti-Counterfeiting Bureau (NACB) of the RCMP’s National Forensic Laboratory Services, which are responsible for examining and destroying counterfeit banknotes seized in Canada, identified the bills as “novelty” notes.

The last time a comparable large seizure of counterfeit banknotes with anticipated charges happened in Canada was in 2001.

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