Several charges have been laid against suspects after RCMP busted a counterfeit currency operation in Surrey that had been circulating thousands of fake U.S. bills in Metro Vancouver.
Surrey RCMP stated today (February 14) that an investigation began on January 8 after officers received several reports about counterfeit American currency had been used at a number of businesses in the Newton area of Surrey.
The amount of counterfeit U.S. money that had been circulated in the community exceeded US$5,000.
On January 23, officers used a search warrant at a residence in the 7600 block of 134A Street.
Police seized an additional $12,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency, $120 in counterfeit Canadian currency, equipment used to make counterfeit currency, and several knives and replica firearms.
Four suspects are facing charges:
- 25-year-old Kaymen Winter is charged with uttering counterfeit currency, making counterfeit currency, possessing instruments for making counterfeit currency, possessing counterfeit currency, two counts of possessing prohibited weapons, and three counts of possessing forged documents;
- 25-year-old Tassie Winter is charged with six counts of uttering counterfeit currency, making counterfeit currency, possessing instruments for making counterfeit currency, possessing counterfeit currency, and possessing credit card data;
- 32-year-old Mitchell Coubrough is charged with two counts of possessing counterfeit Currency, and possessing credit card data;
- 33-year-old Terita Herbert has been charged with possession of counterfeit currency.
Surrey RCMP explained that preventing the circulation of counterfeit currency can protect local businesses from the negative impact of this fraudulent activity.
“Counterfeit currency can be particularly harmful to small independent business owners,” Surrey RCMP Cpl. David Amerlinck stated in a news release. “The victims of this type of fraud often find themselves paying out of pocket for the financial losses. It’s affecting their business, but in many cases they are affected personally as well.”
Although charges have been laid, the investigation remains ongoing. Accordingly, anyone with relevant information is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.