Officers from the National Police have arrested a 48 year old Spanish citizen in Murcia, on suspicion of a crime of counterfeiting, seizing fake notes to the value of 6.390 euro.
The suspect is believed to have manufactured counterfeited 20 and 50 euro notes in his home in Elche, which he would then spend in retail outlets in stores in the Region of Murcia.
The investigations began after a number of notes were detected in various commercial establishments in Murcia. After analyzing the counterfeits, they were found to have a common origin and investigations were initiated to identify and arrest the perpetrator or perpetrators thereof.
Having investigated the matter further, the officers had suspicions of a modus operandi, and set about a surveillance operation which resulted in them being able to locate and arrest a man moments after making a fraudulent transaction in a shop in a commercial centre of Murcia.
A search was then conducted of the man´s home in Elche, where officers found 97 notes of 50 euro denomination, as well as 77 notes of 20 euro face value, all suspected of being fake. The officers also found 2 printers, a guillotine, paper scraps, silver holographic patches, equipment to give the copies a rough appearance, a magnifying glass, computer equipment, a microscope and a plastic model gun.
The officers were also somewhat impressed by the quality and perfection achieved in the manufacturing process, taking into account the traditional method used for processing.
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