The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested two Arab residents involved in the circulation of counterfeit currency notes.
The CID said the police had received a complaint from a local petrol station that a motorist paid them using a fake QR500 note. The worker at the station came to know that it was a fake after the motorist left the station. The CID formed a taskforce to solve the case. Based on the description of the suspect given by the worker, members of the taskforce succeeded in arresting the suspect in a short time. The detectives seized a denominational value of QR107,000 from the man.
The counterfeiter admitted to being a part of a two-man gang involved in circulating counterfeit QR500 notes. Further, he told the sleuths that his accomplice, also of the same nationality, had smuggled a considerable amount of fake notes into the country. The second offender, who was caught later, told police that he had entered Qatar with counterfeit notes amounting to QR168,000 hidden in his luggage.
He claimed that he had bought the counterfeit currency from a man for QR25,000 genuine currency. The police have foiled several attempts of fraudsters trying to circulate fake Qatari currency. Several banks, exchange agencies and shopkeepers have introduced machines capable of detecting fake currency to tackle the menace, corporate sources here said.
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