A Portuguese man has been arrested by the Mozambican police suspected of forging US dollar banknotes.In a statement on Friday, police say the man was found at Machipanda on Wednesday on the border between the central province of Manica and Zimbabwe, allegedly trading what seemed to be US counterfeits with the Mozambican currency.
According to the spokesperson for the Manica provincial police command, Elsidia Filipe, the Portuguese citizen, currently residing in the port city of Beira, was in possession of $5,700 in counterfeit notes.
“He was detained when he was changing money at the border and we found him in possession of 57 forged $100 bills. We presume he left Beira, where he lives, and went along the Beira Corridor, changing money as he went”, said Filipe.
The official did not believe the Portuguese had intended to cross into Zimbabwe, since he did not have the appropriate documentation.
“He was just there changing the fake money”, she said.
Filipe added that investigations are now underway to discover where the forged notes were printed, and to identify others involved in the forgery network.
Criminal charges have since been brought against the Portuguese and he is expected to appear in court soon.