Counterfeit four released on bail

Four of the five people that were arrested for possessing counterfeit money were released on bail.

Four people that were caught with counterfeit banknotes have been released on bail of R5,000 each. Picture: www.witness.co.za.

MPUMALANGA - Four of the five people arrested for being in possession of counterfeit money worth 122,000 rand have been released on 5,000 rand bail each.

The group appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court on Friday.

Police said an undercover operation by the Hawks revealed that the group tried to sell the counterfeit money at a cost of 35,000 rand.

They said the money was made up of 100 and 200 rand bank notes, including the new notes that have the face of former president Nelson Mandela.

The group was expected back in court next Wednesday.

GAUTENG KINGPIN NABBED

Meanwhile Gauteng police said they had arrested an alleged kingpin and 14 others that were operating in counterfeit goods on the West Rand.

The police's Julia Claasen said following a crime intelligence operation, seven properties were raided in Westonaria.

Claasen also said a range of counterfeit goods ranging from illicit cigarettes, designer clothing and cash to the value of 1,600 rand were seized.

"Police also arrested 13 other suspects. They were arrested for being illegal immigrants."