Police make second arrest as counterfeit cash circulates
GLADSTONE police have arrested and charged a second person in relation to a seizure of counterfeit cash on Saturday.
Almost $3000 of counterfeit money was seized by Gladstone police on Saturday night after a man ran from a police roadside checkpoint.
Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said a 29-year-old Gladstone resident had been charged with being in possession of counterfeit money and break and enter.
The accused, George Kirk, appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court today. He made an application for bail but was remanded in custody until July 9.
Gladstone man Anthony Lee Smits, 25, was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of possessing counterfeit cash and obstructing police.
He was remanded in custody, and on Monday a solicitor appeared in court on his behalf but did not enter a plea.
Magistrate Russell Warfield adjourned the case until next month.
Senior Sergeant Peachey said fake $20, $50 and $100 notes were still circulating in the region.
"We've been contacted by up to 12 businesses who have received the fake notes," he said.
"These include nightclubs, service stations and news agencies."
Senior Sergeant Peachey said investigations into the incident were continuing.
The public is asked to keep an eye out for the notes.
The notes have a papery feel, and the hologram is not see-through.