Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#520702 - 01/06/17 12:18 AM Watching for Counterfeit Twenties in Belmopan  
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 52,987
Marty Online happy
Marty  Online Happy

It may be “maaga season,” but there is money circulating in Belize. Too bad it’s not the genuine kind, according to Belmopan Police. This week they found counterfeit twenty-dollar bills at the automated teller machines inside the capital’s branches of two major banks, after a similar report a few weeks ago. While investigations continue, Officer Commanding Belmopan Formation, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, issued a fresh warning to citizens not to be fooled.

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Belmopan Formation

“It seems that through the ATM, one or more persons deposited – whether it is innocently or otherwise, that is still being investigated – but it’s very concerning and we don’t want this thing to circulate at any greater level, so we have our investigators looking into it, to see if we could stem the flow of counterfeit currency. As far as we know it’s just twenty dollars’ currency, as you rightly said, yesterday and a few weeks ago was the same. So we want to stop it before it goes any further. The Police alone cannot solve all the crimes in a society – we would be foolish to say that we can do that. So we always enlist the support of the community to assist us, hence the reason why we want to alert the public, so that they wouldn’t be trapped in that. But some of the features that they could look for is the shining window thread that passes through the money, if it is held horizontally, is a thread from the top to the bottom. They can look for the watermark – each banknote has the watermark, so every currency that’s paper has a watermark. When the note is held in the hands, you could literally feel the marks on the surface. These ones that I showed on the media, if you look at them it’s just like paper; if you feel them, you don’t feel…”


“There’s a particular material that is used?”

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett

“Yes, but there is a raised surface on each of the notes, also. There are certain features on each of the money if you look – if you put it up to the light, you can see the feature that is on the other side of the note, and that one is consistent on all notes.”

As the Central Bank’s public service announcements note, it is a criminal offence to hold or use counterfeit currency.

Channel 5

#520724 - 01/06/17 12:46 PM Re: Watching for Counterfeit Twenties in Belmopan [Re: Marty]  
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 10,972
klcman Offline
klcman  Offline
Wait......bogus bills INSIDE bank owned ATMs in their branches????? Ahhhhhmazing. Think THAT may be an insider job? shocked

_ _ _ _ _ _ _________________ _ _ _ _ _ _
But then what do I know, I am but a mere caveman

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!

Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker

TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil� Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
Mini Chat
Who's Online Now
4 registered members (Marty, Judyann H., lovey and thurston, 1 invisible), 47 guests, and 11 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online1,262
Jun 10th, 2007 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0