Kelowna man arrested in North Okanagan counterfeit currency investigation

A Kelowna man is in custody for allegedly making and possessing counterfeit money.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP say the 35-year-old was arrested on Monday afternoon, following numerous reports of an individual passing on fake Canadian currency throughout the area.

The reports, say police, were filed over the last several weeks, but officers received a break in the case on Monday morning.

According to police, a man used a counterfeit bill at a business on the 4500 block of 27th Street in Vernon. The clerk reported the 6:30 a.m. incident to police, who seized the bill while obtaining a description of the suspect and his vehicle.

Four hours later, police say a citizen reported a possible impaired driver, with the licence plate and vehicle matching the description from the 6:30 a.m. incident.

Police say by the time officers arrived on scene, the vehicle had left the downtown area, and couldn’t be found.

However, at 4 p.m., police were told the vehicle had returned to the area of 30th Avenue and 31st Street, and an officer found the vehicle unoccupied.

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