Inside Costa RicaGUANACASTE – September 27th, 2012 – The Fuerza Publica seized approximately 727,000 in “new” fake banknotes this past weekend, all of which were found in the province of Guanacaste.
The first to be found was a bill very similar to the new 50,000 colones banknote that a merchant in Bagaces received on Friday.
On Saturday, thanks to tipsters who assisted the police, the authorities were able to recover 727,000 colones worth of counterfeit banknotes in 20 thousand, 10 thousand, 5 thousand and 2 thousand denominations. All of the bills were modeled after the new style of banknotes that hit the streets just a few weeks ago.
The police were also able to arrest two subjects by the last names Carrera Fonseca and Perez Arrieta, At the time of their arrest in Tamarindo, the men were carrying the counterfeit money in their underwear, according to the Regional director of the Fuerza Publica in Guanacaste, Rafael Angel Araya.
According to information from Araya, counterfeit bills began circulating in the area some six months ago.