Man arrested for trying to use fake $50 notes at convenience store

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A 21-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly using counterfeit $50 notes on two separate occasions earlier this month.

The man was arrested on Monday (12 February) following a police report that two counterfeit notes were presented for payment at a convenience store along Choa Chu Kang Street 51 on 10 February.

Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department arrested him along Choa Chu Kang Street 51. A printer, a laptop and several pieces of $50 and $100 notes, which are believed to be counterfeits, were also seized as case exhibits.

According to police, the man is believed to have committed a similar offence on 11 February.

He was slated to be charged on Tuesday afternoon for attempting to pass off counterfeit currency as genuine notes. If convicted, the man faces a jail term of up to 20 years and a fine.

The counterfeit notes, which are believed to be photocopied reproductions, lack security features such as the watermark and the embossed feel on genuine notes.